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Only 16 percent

Posted: August 17, 2012 - 7:58pm

Sixteen percent voter turnout in the Primary election reads the headline. We can do better and we will in the general election. What can each of us do between now and Nov. 6? Take every opportunity to find out about the candidates and their ideas for change. Talk to them when they come to your door. Go to rallies, candidate forums and political dinners. Enjoy the freedom to exchange ideas. Research the pros and cons of the proposed amendments to the state constitution that will be on the ballot.

Plan to vote on Nov. 6 as an informed voter. If you know you will be gone from your residence that day, apply for an absentee ballot. Forms are available on the Crow Wing County website. Starting the last week in September, you can come into the courthouse and cast your ballot as an absentee voter.

I want to publicly thank Deborah Erickson, election coordinator, for providing training for the many election judges and for coordinating events on Primary election day. Thanks to each of you that served and each of you that voted. Your assignment is to see that your neighbors get to the polls in November.

Laureen Borden

Crow Wing County Auditor-Treasurer