Monday, April 22, 2024

Your chance to shape North Central Washington's future

Local Elections

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As the autumn leaves begin to fall and the days grow shorter, we find ourselves on the cusp of a critical event that affects every one of us: the general election. While the spotlight often shines on the grand stages of presidential and congressional races, it's essential not to overlook the significance of local elections. These contests are the backbone of our communities, shaping the daily life and future of North Central Washington.

Historically, voter turnout in non-presidential and non-congressional voting years has been disappointingly low in our great state of Washington. It's time to recognize the importance of local elections and reverse this trend. In 2021, only 39.38% of eligible voters in Washington State participated, underscoring the need for greater engagement. Over the past decade, Washington's voter turnout has seen its fair share of ups and downs, but our state can do better. In 2017, for instance, a mere 37.10% of eligible voters made their voices heard, leaving important decisions in the hands of a few. We must strive for greater participation.

While we've seen some improvement, our goal should be to consistently engage a majority of eligible voters in the decision-making process.

So, why should we care about local elections? The answer is simple: because they affect our daily lives in profound ways. Local leaders determine how our tax dollars are spent, the quality of our schools, the state of our roads, and much more. Decisions made at the local level can directly impact our communities, and it's crucial that we have a say in shaping our future.

As we approach the upcoming election on Tuesday, Nov. 7, it's essential to understand the deadlines for casting your vote. To ensure your voice is heard, ballots must be placed in a ballot dropbox or postmarked by 8 p.m. on that day. This is your opportunity to make a difference in North Central Washington, so don't let it slip away.

Let's break the cycle of low voter turnout and take charge of our future. Local elections matter, and every vote counts. By participating in these crucial decisions, we can build a stronger and more vibrant community. So, mark your calendars, fill out those ballots, and be the change you want to see. Let's ensure that North Central Washington's future is bright and promising, as it should be.

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