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Election 2013: Vote!

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Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

It's always ironic that so few people turn out for municipal elections. A pittance of votes put into office the people whose actions most directly touch our lives. Yet presidential elections draw so many more voters, attracted by the continuous drumbeat of national news in all its forms.

This coming Tuesday we will select some borough mayors, borough council members and township supervisors. For the most part, school board seats were decided in the primary.

As a registered voter, you may think: I don't know these people. I don't have any issues with local government. I am too busy to vote.

Thus, what we so rarely hear at public meetings of these local government bodies is a citizen saying, “I voted for you and …” or “I didn't vote for you, but … .”

Voting gives your opinion a little more credibility when you want to get your council members or supervisors or mayor to act on your behalf.

We can hope that some of the people on the ballot Tuesday will bring to office a newfound desire to promote involvement in what they do. There is limited money available and the decisions are more difficult, making citizen direction even more valuable.

Vote this Tuesday, then decide what needs to be done in your borough or township and find a way — direct contact, emails, letters, comments at public meetings — to promote local action.

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