OUR VIEW: Take time to vote today

For many in Manistee County, the highly anticipated day has arrived — election day.

There are several important issues and races on today’s ballot, and we strongly encourage everyone to take the time to vote.

Perhaps one of the most heated races in the county is the 19th Circuit Court judgeship. No matter which candidate comes out on top, we’re confident that Manistee and Benzie counties will have a great judge.

Another highly contested race locally is between state Rep. Ray Franz-R and challenger Tom Stobie-D.

The News Advocate will be posting election results as they come in at manisteenews.com and on our Facebook page. Full results and stories will be published in Wednesday’s edition.

Many people mistakenly think that their vote doesn’t matter, but nothing could be further from the truth. Many local elections are decided by several votes, so every person who casts a ballot can make a difference.

In the August primary, the race for the seventh district Manistee County Board of Commissioners seat between Republicans Bruce Schaub and Rose Daniels was close. Schaub won by only two votes.

And more importantly, voting allows citizens the right to partake in the Democratic process.

The Detroit Free Press offers a few things to remember when heading to the polls:

  • Bring a photo ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll be required to sign an affidavit attesting your identity before you’re allowed to vote;
  • Unlike the primary election in August, it’s OK to split your ticket and vote for candidates from different political party. You can also vote a “straight party” ticket, which will cast your vote for all of the Republicans or Democrats on the ballot; and
  • Vote all the way to the end of the ballot. That’s where the judicial races will be. But, you can also skip a race or an issue on the ballot without having it invalidated.

Polls will be open until 8 p.m. today. Anyone unsure of their polling location can visit vote.michigan.gov/mvic/.

Let your voice be heard, get out and vote!

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