Voting in any type of election provides an important way for you to voice your opinion and help decide your future.
It may not surprise you that voter turnout for national elections is significantly higher than that of local elections. While national elections obviously affect us on a grand scale, policies put in place by local elections often affect us more directly and more quickly than those on the national level.
These local elections are our chance to choose local government officials and decide on important issues. Elected local leaders determine our community’s focus on many important issues from education and law enforcement to our parks and waste management.
Local elections also give us a say on local taxes and proposals. It’s up to us to individually weigh the pros and cons, and determine what we feel is best for our community.
If you’re a registered voter, we encourage you to take advantage of your constitutional right.
Most importantly, please be sure you’ve fully educated yourself on the ballot proposals and candidates before casting your vote.
The right to vote is not something to take for granted. People have sacrificed and fought for this right.
So study up and show up at the polls on Tuesday to help ensure our community is headed in the right direction. The polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Liz Stuck. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.