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Editorial: Take time to head to the polls today

10:30 PM, Apr. 1, 2013  |  Comments
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You can blame election fatigue. You can blame the lack of a truly attention-grabbing race. Or you can blame all the usual barriers to voter turnout: busy schedules, apathy, inattentiveness.

Today's election is not likely to mean long lines at the polls. The Government Accountability Board estimates 20-percent voter turnout, not unusual for a spring election, which is typically less glamorous or high-profile as the fall races and is nonpartisan and therefore not as heated.

But there are several good reasons to cast a ballot today in the state of Wisconsin, not the least of which is a state superintendent's race that pits candidates who have come out clearly on two sides of a heated topic: school vouchers. It's an issue at the core of the area's education system and of significant impact to property taxpayers.

State Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, thinks vouchers create needed competition in the state's education system. He challenges incumbent Tony Evers, who considers vouchers state subsidization of private-school education. Evers is vying for his second four-year term.

Voters across the state also will choose the next state Supreme Court justice, and the differences again are clear: Conservative Justice Pat Roggensack, on the bench since 2003, faces Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone. The court has been accused of being mired in dysfunction since a June 2011 incident in which Justice David Prosser wrapped his hands around Justice Ann Walsh Bradley's neck during an argument over an opinion.

In local cities, towns, villages and school districts, numerous key decision-making seats are up for grabs. If the roads in your neighborhood are bad, if you want to see more development in your community or if your schools need better facilities, these are the people who make those calls. Now is your chance to ensure they're making the calls you support.

All good reasons to take to the polls.

But most important, it is our civic duty.

Many of us are quick to complain about high taxes or where that tax money is - or isn't - going. This is the chance to choose the right representatives for your issues and beliefs.

To learn more

Feel undereducated? It's not too late to take to the Internet for some info. Most candidates have websites touting their stances and sharing details about the education, occupation and family lives. Many communities have information on their own websites about their representatives and those running. A close look or a quick refresher may bring to light an issue that's decisive for you.

Find your local races at myvote.wi.gov and get information on candidates at greenbaypressgazette.com/election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
574 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1014 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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