Lots of good reasons to vote Tuesday

STAGGERING AMOUNTS OF MONEY are being spent to attract votes in next Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential preferential primary and state Supreme Court race.

But while those are important races, they are far from the only reason for voters to cast their ballots next Tuesday.

That’s because the election is also the spring general election, when voters choose members of the County Board as well as their local town board, village board or city council and school board.

This is when we elect those whose decisions and votes will have the greatest impact on our day-to-day lives right here where we live - how our children are educated, what the quality of life will be in our hometown, what our local tax bill will be and much, much more.

Yet, year in and year out, they are the elections at which the fewest people vote.

There are not a lot of local races on the ballot. No County Board supervisor faces opposition, while there are contests for only three village boards and three town boards in the county, as well as for just one seat on the Sheboygan City Council and the Sheboygan Falls City Council. Here in Plymouth, City Council and School Board incumbents are all unopposed for re-election.

But that’s still no reason not to vote – especially where there are contests to be decided.

The race for the Adell Village Board should bear that out.

It is a bit of deja vu that summarizes perfectly the importance of every vote.

The contenders are incumbents Brian Parr, Kim Peterson and Jane Schneider along with challenger Jim Jentsch.

Those same four candidates were on the ballot two years ago, when Peterson finished first with 54 votes and Parr was second with 51 votes. Schneider and Jentsch finished in a flat-footed tie for the third open seat with 40 votes each.

That necessitated a decision by lot, when

Schneider drew the high card (ace of hearts) to win the seat over Jentsch.

That decision was made not at the polls but with a deck of cards because not everyone felt it was important enough to take a little time out of their day on Election Day to cast their vote for the people who run the village where they live. It would have taken just one more Adell resident to go to the polls and put their mark beside one of those two names to decide that race at the polls instead of with a deck of cards.

Granted, a tie vote like that is a rare occurrence, but it is not the first time that it has happened right here in Sheboygan County in just the last decade or so.

It stands as a stark reminder of the importance of every single vote, in every single election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a list of polling places for the entire county can be found in the notice of election special section that’s part of today’s Review.

Everyone’s vote should be cast, not for the great amounts being spent by presidential and judicial candidates and their supporters, but for the dollars that local governments and school boards spend – and you as a taxpayer pay for.

And don’t forget – the Wisconsin Voter ID law is in effect, so be sure to bring a valid photo identification to the polls with you. More information and a list of valid IDs can be found at the website BringIt.Wisconsin.gov.

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