Next Tuesday we will have one of our most important elections. Yet, fewer than 20 percent of the eligible voters are expected to vote.

Our quality of life is most directly influenced by the people we elect to city councils. The quality of our police and fire departments, the streets, public transportation, library services, the municipal airport, housing, parks, recreational programs and utilities such as water, electricity, sewage, and garbage collection are under the control of our city councils. These programs are not directly affected by the federal or state governments. Our city councils are responsible for the economic health of our communities.

Serving on the City Council requires hard work and a considerable amount of time. We’re fortunate that we have people who are willing to serve. We should show our appreciation by becoming informed and spending the little bit of time and effort that is required to vote.

City government is the closest thing we have to a true democracy. Everybody I have talked to supports democratic government. Yet, are all of us willing to participate? The quality of life in our communities is the responsibility of all of us.

The county auditor has done everything possible to make it easy for people to vote. Absentee ballots have been available for several weeks, and on Election Day the polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

If you are reading this article, you probably vote in every election. What can you do to encourage your friends, neighbors and family members to vote?

Richard Kissack,

Clinton

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