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Election’s near: get registered, become informed, vote! PDF Print E-mail

By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
In less than two weeks, people across the nation will go to the polls to cast their votes for local, state and national candidates as well as local and state issues.
If you are not registered to vote, take the time to do so. Then, after you have completed that process, take the time to become an informed voter. And most importantly, go vote!
I’m proud to say that I have voted in every election since I became eligible at the age of 18. Hence, I’m dismayed when I hear people say they didn’t vote.
I know it sounds like a cliche, but every vote does count. My vote gives me the opportunity to elect officials who will best represent my views and interests at the local, state and federal level.
In Imperial, there will be contested races for school board, mayor and two council members, as well as deciding whether to approve a bond of up to $1.35 million for a new fire hall.
Voters in the 44th Legislative District will decide whether to send Dan Hughes or Steve Stroup to Lincoln to represent us.
While there is no presidential election this year, Nebraskans will elect a new governor and other state government officials, Congressional  representatives and a new U.S. senator. In addition, Nebraskans will decide whether or not to approve a new minimum wage.
The right to vote is a fundamental right that can’t be taken for granted. Make sure to exercise your right in this year’s General Election Tuesday, Nov. 4.


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