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Please vote today, our democracy depends on it

As much as 80 percent of those eligible to vote today won’t do it, experts predict about today’s general election.

That’s a real shame because, if we’re going to be frank about this, the issues and races appearing on today’s ballot have more local impact than most or all other election ballots.

That’s because this is is the election year when voters decide on important grass root issues, such as who is going to govern the school districts where our children are educated. It’s the election when decisions are made about who governs our townships or municipalities. Remember, these are the people who decide what local roads get paved or, even more important, how once-in-a-lifetime American Rescue Plan funds will be spent. Will it be on sidewalks or sanitary sewer lines? Will it be used on demolishing blight and rebuilding neighborhoods? Do you have concerns about local crime, rental properties, flooding or other infrastructure issues? This is the election when the people who make those important decisions get elected for the next four years.

In Trumbull County, levies — both renewals and additional money — will be determined by voters. There is even one community, Farmington, in which voters will decide on the repeal of zoning.

Now do you see how important today’s election is?

Still, early voting turnout has been very light. Trumbull County Board of Elections director Stephanie Penrose, said the lack of requests for absentee ballots and few in-person voters leads her to predict a voter turnout of somewhere between 20 and 25 percent.

We believe everyone should care enough to head out today. Remember, our system of government in the United States is based on participation by the electorate. Choice is what keeps our officeholders from becoming too comfortable in their roles as public servants. It holds them accountable on their decisions and campaign promises.

We urge registered voters to fulfill their civic responsibility by casting a ballot today.

Here are a few things you need to know:

Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

And don’t forget to bring your unexpired, photo identification.

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Just in case you missed it, here is a brief recap of political candidate endorsements issued in recent weeks by the Tribune Chronicle editorial board in some of today’s primary races:

• Warren council At-Large: incumbent Helen Rucker and Councilman Ken MacPherson, who is hoping to move from 5th Ward to an At-Large seat. Both are Democrats.

• Warren 1st Ward council: independent challenger Todd Johnson

• Warren 4th Ward council: Republican Kristin Riley

• Warren 5th Ward council: independent Kamau Thornton

• Howland trustees: incumbents James LaPolla and Matthew Vansuch

• Niles council At-Large: Democrats Al Cantola and Jimmy Julian, as well as James DePasquale, independent candidate, for three at-large seats.

editorial@tribtoday.com

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