It still surprises me that so few people take the time to
vote whenever there is a special election during which no candidates appear on
In Lake County, there were 105,822 voters eligible to vote
last Tuesday, but yet only 17,164 or 16.22 percent bothered to take the time to
Folks, that’s fewer than two of every 10 registered voters
or barely more than three out of every 20.
I realize that people have busy lives and it does take a
little bit of time to vote, but not that much. I also understand that, despite
the best of intentions, the opportunity to vote is missed.
But to make it much easier to make sure our rights as
citizens can be accomplished, the voting process in Ohio has expanded in recent
No longer is a reason necessary to cast an absentee ballot
as it can be done early by voting through the mail or in person at the county
Of course voting remains available on election day at
voters’ respective polling locations. No long lines this time.
Perhaps people didn't realize they had an issue for which
to vote or worse they didn't care and took the attitude to let someone else
If that’s the case, then it’s especially hard to
understand when someone wants to complain about a school district or the amount
of property taxes they might pay when a school levy passes or fails.
When a municipality or township has an issue on the ballot
these are questions that directly impact the community where you live. Why wouldn't a registered voter want his or her input to be a part of the process?
Madison Township Beverly Getzy
, a Democrat who has
worked as a precinct election official in Lake County for more than 40 years,
was presented the PEO Red Carpet award Thursday by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
She was nominated for the award by the Lake County
The Precinct Election Official Red Carpet Award is given
out by the Secretary of State’s office and recognizes the outstanding service
and dedication of poll workers throughout Ohio for their work in helping to
administer elections in their local communities.
People who recently have filed candidacy petitions in Lake
County are Chuck
for Leroy Township trustee and Christopher L. Biro
Willoughby Hills Council at large.
In Geauga County, Michael Farrell
Township trustee, Jim McCaskey
for Munson Township trustee,
Recently signing out candidacy petitions in Lake County
for Perry School Board, James R. Fodor
Council at large, and Mitch Kallay
for Painesville Township trustee.
In Geauga County, Claudine Steinfurth
and Michael Troyan
for Auburn Township trustee; David Brockway
for Claridon Township trustee; Jim Baker
and Nancy Saunders
for Huntsburg Township trustee; Randal C. Peterson
and Lu Ann Burger
for Montville Township trustee; Charles Walder
for Russell Township
fiscal officer unexpired term ending March 31, 2016; Erwin M. Leffel
Thompson Township trustee; Carl Sanborn
for Troy Township trustee; Scott Klein
and Ronald W. Wiech
for Middlefield Village Council.
The weekly deadline to submit information for this column
is prior to 5 p.m. each Wednesday. Email or fax is preferred.
Fundraiser for Willoughby Mayor Dave Anderson
5 to 7 p.m. May 14 at Willoughby Panini’s. See Rick Hart
Fundraiser for Geauga County
, 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 30 at S.O.S. Inc. in Munson Township. See
Samide or Jacqueline
Lake County Commissioner Robert E.
, 18th annual golf outing, 11:30 a.m. registration May 31
at Powderhorn Country Club in Madison Township. See Kathie Aufuldish-Freshour
or Ernie Koenig
Lake County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
Golf and Steak Fry, 10:30 a.m. shotgun start June 7 at Painesville Country
Club. See Lu
or Frank Leonbruno
John Arthur Hutchison
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