Opinion Matters

With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

Did you vote yet? Last chance this year!

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Greg Peck
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

It might be chilly, but at least itís sunny. My wife and I voted at about 9:20 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church. I was No. 107 in Ward 14. There was no line whatsoever. Ward 14-18 vote at First Lutheran, and my ballot was No. 315 to slip through the machine. Some of those being fed into the machine sporadically came from absentee voters.

Why should you take time to vote? Well, itís your civic duty, for one thing.

Plenty of choices are on the ballot here and around our area. Let me recap a few that we detailed in Mondayís Gazette editorial.

--In Janesville, residents are choosing from among six candidates for four city council seats and among six candidates for three school board spots.

--In Milton, voters are choosing from among three candidates for mayor at a time when the city is at a crossroads, what with the Highway 26 bypass to be finished next year.

--In the Beloit Turner School District, residents are deciding whether to support or reject a $28 million referendum that would pave the way for a new high school.

--In municipalities across our readership area, residents are deciding which candidates are best equipped to lead communities into the future.

--Statewide, Wisconsinites are choosing someone to lead our Department of Public Instruction for the next four years. Voters also are deciding between two contrasting candidates for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court, and big decisions will await our high court.

You donít need an ID to vote, though you will be asked to sign the poll list and provide your address. If you havenít registered, you can do so today at the polls. Youíll need identification with your current address, such as a Wisconsin driverís license, phone bill, utility bill or rent receipt. If youíre not sure if youíre registered or where to vote, click on myvote.wi.gov.

If you need more information on the candidates, check out the Elections section on our website to review our news coverage. Or go to the websites of the Janesville League of Women Voters, Forward Janesville or Local Vision TV to get other details about local candidates.

If you donít vote, then donít complain the next time your city council or school board makes a decision you donít like.

Polls will be open until 8 p.m.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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