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An important election demands our participation



In just under two weeks, a very important election will take place in Wisconsin. Voters will head to the polls on April 4 to elect city council members, school board members and a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. There are also referendum questions, asking voters whether judges should get more discretion when setting bail, whether the state’s abortion law should be overturned and whether voters will agree to spend $60 million more to fund La Crosse schools. Important issues, which affect nearly every Wisconsinite. But despite the ramifications of the outcome, many, most in fact, will not participate in the election. Turnout in spring elections rarely exceeds 30%. There are many reasons for the poor turnout, but nearly everyone agrees on the importance of the issues the election result will decide. There is still plenty of time to prepare for the election. If you aren’t registered, you can still do so. Early in-person absentee voting is now underway at clerk’s offices throughout the state. You can even still put your ballot in the mail, if you hurry. And of course the polls will be open for 13 hours on election day. Don’t sit out this important election. It isn’t just our right to vote, but also our duty.

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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  1. Darin

    March 22, 2023 at 8:35 pm

    The election is already taking place. It’s called “early voting.” I recommend as many people as possible vote early. You never know what might prevent you from doing it on April 4th and by then it will be too late.

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