Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 4, 2014

OUR VIEW: Do your part on America's special day


Goshen News

---- — Election Day is always a special day in the United States.

Always.

It is the foundation of who we are as a country as we are able to choose who will represent us honestly and with integrity while conducting the business of our nation, state, county, city and courts. Who do you want that person to be? On Tuesday you are afforded the right as a U.S. citizen to have a say in that decision. What a beautiful thing.

THE POLLS FOR Tuesday’s party primary elections will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. During the primary, voters will declare themselves either Republican or Democrat and vote exclusively on that ballot. The races for a spot on the November general election ballot include U.S. representative for District 2, state representative for Districts 22 and 48, Superior Court 3 judge for Elkhart County and Elkhart County auditor, recorder and District 1 commissioner. These are all important positions within our community. They are positions that routinely touch our daily lives. It’s imperative that the electorate go to the polls Tuesday and voice their opinion on who should serve them in these positions.

Many of you will recognize names on the ballot as friends and neighbors. For a complete list of races that will be on Elkhart County primary ballots, visit www.elkhartcountyclerk.com/candidatefiled.html.

As we have mentioned here before, the primary elections may seem like pre-season politics, but it is a crucial step in the democratic process as constituencies slot their candidates for November’s general election.

VOTER TURNOUT for primary elections is usually very low, especially if the weather is nasty. Non-presidential elections, as is the case this year, also tend make these elections and afterthought for many. But Tuesday’s preliminary forecast is actually quite nice, with a high of 66 with just a slight chance of rain. So, we hope all of our readers who are eligible to vote will make every effort to do so.

Tuesday’s primary also marks the first local election to utilize voting centers instead of voting precincts. Traditionally county officials have relied on 117 polling places throughout the county. Residents had to vote at their assigned polling location based on where they lived.

THOSE POLLING PLACES have been replaced by 25 vote centers that will be open to all eligible voters, who can cast their votes at the center most convenient to them. We support this move and are confident the process will run smoothly and more efficiently. We know change can sometimes be difficult, but we hope that no voter is discouraged from voting because of this new process. There have been plenty of changes on how we vote over the years. This is just another.

So, get out there on Tuesday and do your duty by casting your vote.