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2013-10-18 10:40:36
Are you registered to vote?

Are you registered to vote? You should be, and let me tell you why.

We're all sick and tired of the mess that is Washington, DC. It's not even being sick on a partisan level. Most of us believe that our elected officials are incompetent at best, and criminals at worst, regardless of Party affiliation. We don't feel like anything we do is going to make a difference, so more and more of us are just checking out. Really BAD idea!

Here in Tooele County, this is considered an 'off year' election. This is the year we vote for our Mayors and City Council positions. Nothing could be further 'off' than this, in my opinion. Why? Very simple actually.

Everything DC does takes place at a snails pace, if at all. Look at the implementation of Obamacare. It's taken years, and we're STILL fighting about it, without it being in full affect. On the other hand, the Tooele City Council will be voting at their next meeting to change the ordinance that allows people to make adjustments in their property lines with their neighbors with minimal cost or involvement from the government. You could change your lot line next week! Not saying whether this is good or bad (it's good...I think), but what I want to emphasize is the speed with which things can happen at the local level.

That is why voting for the right people on November 5th is every bit as important this year as an 'on-year' election. Sure, you don't have a President to vote for, but you do have the chance to select the folks that will be making the decisions that most immediately affect your day to day lives. Property taxes? These folks make that decision. Garbage pick up? These folks make that decision. Sign ordinances that help or hurt local business? Ditto. Managed growth for additional tax revenue, easing the burden on us and on our municipal services. The folks we elect will be making these decisions for the next 4 years!

Tooele City and Grantsville City are the major entities holding elections, but many of the smaller towns in Tooele County are doing the same thing. Though smaller, those elections are just as importatnt.

Registering to vote in Tooele County is as easy as a visit to our County Clerk, Marilyn Gillette. Visit the County Clerk website at http://www.co.tooele.ut.us/clerk.htm. Or, you can even do it online at Utah.gov. In any event, there is really no excuse not to do this simple civic duty. It's been said that really bad elected officials are elected by those that don't vote. Are you registered to vote?

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