August Primary: Ballots Due Aug. 7

July 24, 2018 7:25am

The August Primary is the 7th. If you haven’t already, you should be getting your ballot in the mail shortly. Remember to mail it in by no later than the 7th. Conveniently, there is also a drop off location at the Green Lake Community Center as well.

We received this note from Tom, a Greenlaker, and thought it was a good reminder on the importance of voting. Thanks for sharing, Tom!

I just got my voter’s pamphlet and ballot for the August Primary. I am registered to vote and will be voting. Are you registered and will you vote? If not, why not?

I guess I am old fashioned as I feel it is a citizen’s duty not just a right to vote. The dismal turn out during the 2016 national elections brought to light how many of my fellow citizens failed to vote.

I see the streets filled with demonstrators for and against various policies and/or laws. My first thought is “where were these people on voting day?”. For a democratic Republic to function properly the citizens who are being “represented” MUST make their voices heard at the ballot box.

To young citizens I would say, if you don’t vote you are going to have to live with the decisions we old folks make. The youth vote should be powerful but as a rule is not exercised. I particularly like this piece by Rick Mercer from CBC. He may be Canadian but he makes a great point.

My case to young voters is that Federal judges appointed today will make decisions on your and your children’s health, education, rights, and environment until you are middle age. The people you send to Washington D.C. will influence who fills these positions.

The State elections will influence among other things your costs of education, transportation, environment, as well as health care.

If you don’t vote, you are just a passenger on the ship of state and must live with the direction selected by others.


Tom Donnelly