By Renee Schofield
February 01, 2006
Soon the city residents will have the opportunity to vote on the Port Expansion bond issue. At the last election there was only a 28% turnout. Think of that. Only 28% of the REGISTERED voters turned in a vote. In my mind, this clearly says two things. One, if you want to be heard, get registered. Your vote is valuable. Not being registered and not voting says that the issues that affect your daily life are perhaps "not so important" to you. Two, EXERCISE your right to vote. You must SHOW UP if you want your vote to count. Voter registration is a very simple process. Takes just a few minutes and lets you comment where it matters most, the voting polls. For business owners, perhaps you could have voter registrations on your bulletin board. Ask your friends and family.
Step up Ketchikan. Do the right thing. If you are not registered, please do so. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. We are just a few short weeks away from an important vote in our city. Don't let your passion for comment go unheard. Make the statement and set an example. The most important place to express your opinion is at the polls.
About: Renee Schofield is Owner/Operator of Tongass Substance Screening & AK-STAR of KTN & JNU . She served as the 2005 (Past) President of Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce.
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