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The Lake News Online
  • Our view: Not enough voters... again

  • With the April election behind us and the August primary in the not to distant future, it might be a good time to ask exactly how many of us made the effort to cast a ballot on Tuesday.
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  • With the April election behind us and the August primary in the not to distant future, it might be a good time to ask exactly how many of us made the effort to cast a ballot on Tuesday. Based on the election returns, not enough. Morgan County voters led the lake area with approximately 27 percent of those registered turning out at the polls.
    Camden County saw slightly more than 14 percent of the registered voters take part with Miller County trailing with right at 13 percent. Once the ballots are cast, it's too late to get involved.
    Municipalities, school districts and other taxing entities play a huge role not only in how your tax dollars are spent but also in the quality of life at Lake of the Ozarks.
    The August primaries will bring more opportunities to get out and vote. While the number of contested county races are slim, those that are on the ballot are important.
    Many of us are quick to say our piece and complain about what our elected officials are doing or not doing, so do something about it.
    A voter who complains without actually voting is a meaningless and empty opinion, since they failed to back up their beliefs by making their opinions heard with a vote. Stand up and let your voice be heard. In the months ahead, if you aren't a registered voter, that's the first step. There's plenty of time. If you have questions call your county clerk's office. They will be happy to explain how and where. Take time to learn the issues and the candidates. The campaign rhetoric is going to get deep.
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