It seems odd to say this, but today is the last day to vote in this year’s election.
Local government elections, perhaps more than state or national elections, have the greatest direct impact on our lives.
The mayors and supervisors and town board members and city council members and legislators we elect today will oversee local governments that set town and county property tax rates.
They determine how well our roads are plowed and paved.
They establish how much of our property tax dollars are invested in sewer and water infrastructure, and they set the rates.
They are the final say on whether developers can build housing developments or shopping malls or industrial parks near our houses.
It’s your county and local government office where you’ll go to get a permit to build a shed or a variance to expand your house. They issue everything from marriage licenses to dog licenses.
They mow the lawns in local parks, fix cracks in the sidewalks and change the light bulbs on street lights.
In addition to county and local seats, many voters will be selecting state Supreme Court justices, who oversee regional civil courts that make decisions in lawsuits, matrimonial disputes and actions brought against government. You want state Supreme Court judges who are experienced, fair and wise. This is your chance to elect them.
If you didn’t vote early this year, you’ve got one last chance to make a difference. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Remember to vote today.