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Editorial: Local elections should appeal to voters

Published: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 10:05 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 10:44 a.m. CST

Voting for the President of the United States is exciting. Electing the leader of the free world is something that demands much attention and discussion — and a process that results in placing your vote on a ballot cast in Jasper County.

However, the decisions that affect your everyday life are made at a much more local level by elected officials in city, county and state government. That’s why Tuesday’s city election is so important.

Voting in local elections is a good way to form a positive habit in exercising this privilege. It shows engagement in your community by educating yourself about candidates and making decisions about how you want your local governments to operate and what priorities should be addressed.

Going to the polls, or voting absentee, gives you a voice. Even if your candidate is uncontested you’re conveying your support for this person to represent you on the crucial role of city council. This body not only sets tax levies and determines where to commit your tax dollars, it drives the city’s vision for the community today and makes decisions that will make an impact for years to come.

Voting also opens the door to pay attention to what happens after elections. Do you view city council agenda and minutes online? Do you read the news coverage from the meetings a reporter attends diligently? Do you attend a meeting because a council decision will impact you and voice those concerns directly to the elected officials?

We encourage those who have been indifferent about local elections to do some research, look up their candidates on our website and be a part of making some important decisions on Tuesday.

Stop into the Jasper County Auditor’s office through the end of business day Monday to cast a vote absentee. Find your voting location on its website and head to the polls Tuesday. Take a friend or post a selfie on social media with your “I Voted” sticker. It’s an important day to be involved in and one which will impact your lives.