“Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.”
— President Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885.
The dog chewed up the absentee ballot you had intended to drop in the mail last week. You ran out of gas on the way to the board of elections to vote in person during the early voting window.
OK, stuff happens.
But you can still vote in today’s primary. You can do it the old-fashioned way by casting a ballot at your precinct’s voting place between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today.
The ballots aren’t overly crowded with issues, and most have more uncontested races than contested ones. But they still contain critical races and issues. Your vote could decide if a school levy or village tax passes, or an incumbent makes it to the November election.
Statewide, there are but two matters to resolve.
If approved, Issue 1 would allow the state to borrow almost $1.9 billion over 10 years for capital improvement projects involving roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.
The other is a Democratic primary for governor, Ed Fitzgerald vs. Larry Ealy.
The GOP primary between Commissioner Phil Riegle and former Commissioner Steve Oman is the most high-profile in Hancock County, but Republicans are also vying for the 1st Senate District seat now held by Findlay’s Cliff Hite. Challenging Hite are Cory Shankleton, of Kunkle, and Milo Schaffner, of Van Wert.
There are also races to be decided for Republican and Democratic central committee seats.
Meanwhile, school boards throughout the area have money matters before voters, including in Findlay, Van Buren, Ada, Arcadia, Bluffton, Carey and McComb.
And Blanchard Valley Center, located in Findlay, is seeking renewal of a levy that will allow it to continue assisting those in the area with developmental disabilities.
There may be more exciting elections than this one, but none more important.
Considering Issue 1, the contested state and county primary races, and the local school issues, every voter has at least one reason to go to the polls. Most have many more.
Besides, there’s just no good excuse not to.