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Another important election today



For most people, it is not a big deal. Our spring elections can be a bit of a yawner, especially compared to the drama of the recent presidential contest. But the truth is, every election matters. In fact, it could be argued that your vote will count more today, relatively speaking, because of the predicted light turnout. Clerks across Wisconsin are bracing for a turnout of only around 20%. But there are important issues on this election day. In Wisconsin, there is just one statewide race on the ballot, but it is a big one. Incumbent Tony Evers is facing a challenge from Lowell Holtz in the race for Wisconsin’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. The winner will help shape education policy in the state for the next four years. Certainly, that is an important reason to go to the polls today. In La Crosse, there are also a few contested city council races, and we will select from among 5 candidates to choose three representatives for the La Crosse school board. And in La Crosse County, there is an advisory referendum on the ballot, asking voters whether the county sales tax should be raised an additional half percent as a way to raise money to fix our roads. These are important issues, worthy of the few minutes it would take you to cast a ballot today. So grab your photo ID, and head to your polling place today. Because even our spring elections are important elections.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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