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An election too important to sit out

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It is being called the most important election in the United States this year. But that still won’t be enough to entice many people to the polls. Today is election day in Wisconsin, and while there are a number of issues on local ballots, from school board to referendum questions, the most significant issue is the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The outcome will determine the balance of power on the high court, and perhaps the state’s laws on abortion and other controversial issues. Despite that, voter turnout today is likely to remain well below fifty percent. Spring elections typically draw only about 35% of registered voters. Even if you are not registered, you can still cast a ballot today by registering at your polling place. If you don’t know where you vote, you can contact your local clerk’s office, or visit myvote.wi.gov. To register, you’ll need a photo ID and a copy of a bill with your home address. If you requested an absentee ballot, but haven’t returned it, you can still do so today by dropping it at your polling place. This is an important election, so don’t sit this one out. There are lots of reasons not to take time to vote, but even more reasons to cast your ballot today.

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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