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September 13, 2013

LEVINE: Election turnout disappoints again


However, that doesn’t mean information wasn’t available to residents. The frustrating part, for many including us at the Herald, is that in an age where information is more readily available than ever before, it seems that the general population knows less about what’s going on than members of previous generations.

Two years ago, I wrote about this same subject. There were some grumblings that the Herald didn’t cover it as well as we should have, so we increased our coverage. We ran three consecutive days of candidate profiles last week, ran letters to the editor, included stories throughout the nomination process and covered the forum. And, on Election Day, we ran a large photo as a reminder for residents to go to the polls.

This doesn’t include the handful of people that read my column two weeks ago.

So, it was a little frustrating from my end, when I saw online that some people were shocked there was a school board election Tuesday. Lives are busy (trust me, I know, I have two small children at home) but being informed does have an advantage.

And taking just five minutes out of your day could decide whether your children and the community at large have a bright future as they relate to the Clinton School District. Every parent with a child in the district should vote, and having people in place that direct a quality school system, will only help the development of this community.

Unfortunately the people that just complain and don’t know about the many offerings in town or when they can make a difference at the polls don’t read the Herald, so in essence, I’m preaching to the choir.

Residents will have another opportunity in two months to make a difference. City Council elections will be held in November. Don’t forget to get out and vote. You never know how powerful that five minutes can be.

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