October 22, 2014
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Remember to vote Aug. 5

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Many people often view primary elections as a waste of time, due to the fact that they do not feel they should be limited to voting for just one political party. Their complaints are not baseless, but that is not a reason to skip the primary election Aug. 5.

This year’s primary includes four ballot proposals that affect all taxpayers in Arenac County. Millages for road repairs and maintenance, ambulance services, senior citizen services and county operations will all be included on the primary ballot this year, and it will be the only time voters will be able to voice their opinion on these matters in 2014.

Perhaps you are in the camp mentioned earlier that feels as though primary elections are not an accurate representation of your political beliefs. That is understandable. However, if you feel the roads in the county are in dire need of improvements and need additional funding, or that you are already being taxed too much and cannot afford to pay an assessment for roads, this is your chance to make your voice heard. The same goes for the other three countywide proposals.

Some voters in Mason, Turner and Whitney townships will also be able to vote on ballot proposals for the Iosco Regional Educational Service Academy. Primary voters in Moffatt, Sims, Whitney and Au Gres townships will have a chance Aug. 5. to decide how they feel about local issues, which include mosquito control and fire services.

While voting on a straight Democratic or Republican ticket may not appeal to you, voting on issues affecting your taxes and quality of life probably does. We encourage all registered voters in the county to find time to head to the polls.

People have died to give us this right, and while the process may not be perfect, it is a right we have and a privilege many people in the world wish they had.

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