While many of the races were uncontested, there were still races that did have some competition — state representative and some Ottawa County commissioners to name a few.
And that doesn’t include the dozens of local proposals that were also on the ballot this past Election Day. These proposals ranged from local senior center millages and museum funding proposals to fire department funding.
All of these ballot items are important issues that impact us as local citizens, either in the form of new representation or higher taxes.
With the importance of these decisions, it is disheartening to see such a slim turnout for our elections. These are issues that matter to everyone — and when fewer than 20 percent of the electorate turn out, this is a major issue.
People have fought hard for the voting rights that we now enjoy. We should use those rights. Otherwise, people shouldn’t complain about who their representative is, or if a certain millage is a burden.
If you didn’t vote, then you have only yourself to blame.
With the November elections a little more than two months away — and Michigan’s governor race taking center stage that Election Day — hopefully more people decide to come out to the polls and make their voice heard.
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