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    I know there's been a lot of talk about the Presidential Election and it seems like it might be overshadowing the importance of local elections. I know most of us in this forum here in the US who are of voting age are planning to vote, but it seems that many people are mainly concerned with the Presidential election. While the President is extremely important, a good chunk of politics happens on a local level and a lot of what we actually see on a daily basis is a direct result of the work of local politicians.

    Here's some things that my town is looking at on a local level: Will county sales taxes change, will municipal electric rates go up, will we get rid of that stupid traffic circle, will the town impose a curfew, are we going to approve the new industrial park, will we revive the historic district, etc. I hope all of you who are voting vote in your local elections and have read up on the issues affecting your town.

    For the most part, the national media like CNN, Fox New's Etc, doesn't even touch on any local issues. To get info on this, read your local paper, I'm sure just about all of your local candidates will have stories in the local press and even local network TV news - local press tends to like running these stories and politicians generally like the attention.

    Anyway, what's your thoughts on this, are you going to vote for local officials, or are you just going to pull the lever or punch the chad for president. If you are voting for local officials, are you voting because you are informed about the different issues, or are you going to vote your party line, or just for the incumbents. Personally, I have read up on the local issues, I go to some City Hall meetings and county meetings and while I am a Republican through and through, when it comes to my local issues, my votes are going to be split between republicans and dem's.

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    Never mind local elections, the entire Canadian federal election was overshadowed by the American one.

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    Good point, ade. There aren't any local city council or school board elections in my area this month, but I agree they are important, as important as national elections if not even more so, and they often get overshadowed. Your local government and school board is what decides if teachers will get a raise that year, if you will pay more in real estate, personal property and sales taxes, if your street will get paved or get a new stoplight, etc. And your area's prosecutor and sheriff's office are who will decide how seriously the kid who brought the gun to school is dealt with, or if busting people with a few ounces of marijuana is going to take priority over trying to prevent shootings in a low-income neighborhood. In short, while national and state-wide elections will impact your life as well, the closer to home an election gets, the easier it is to see how it can impact you. But since local elections tend to have fewer sound-bites and fear-mongering commercials, they don't get as much attention, and many people don't know who to vote for and don't want to take the time to find out, so they vote based on party or not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillhouse View Post
    Never mind local elections, the entire Canadian federal election was overshadowed by the American one.
    Excellent point Chillhouse, while I don't live in Canada, I do live within a few miles of the border and I do get the CBC from Montreal here, both english and french. I do often watch the CBC news from Montreal and I always thought that it was interesting how much coverage the US presidential elections received in Canada, while I'll bet most American's wouldn't even know who the Canadian Prime Minister is - which is actually quite sad.

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    I'll have you know that modern traffic circles (aka roundabouts) are proven to be more efficient and far safer than lights, except in the most extreme traffic density. However, perhaps that's not the case where you live, because no one knows how to use them properly.



    Quote Originally Posted by Ace View Post
    Excellent point Chillhouse, while I don't live in Canada, I do live within a few miles of the border and I do get the CBC from Montreal here, both english and french. I do often watch the CBC news from Montreal and I always thought that it was interesting how much coverage the US presidential elections received in Canada, while I'll bet most American's wouldn't even know who the Canadian Prime Minister is - which is actually quite sad.
    Well Sarah Palin sure didn't! This is despite the fact that the vast majority of Alaskan resources go through Canada, and she must have had extensive dealings with our government as governor.
    http://www.justiciers.tv/

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    There was only one local referendum on the ballot, and I voted against the county 1% sales tax increase.

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    The thing that is really important here locally is the race for Govrenor.

    The Republican candidate is Charlotte's former mayor... and he disgusts me.

    Let's take a look at Charlotte, shall we?

    #1: Charlotte has higher taxes than any city in the southeast. That's right... higher than Atlanta, higher than Miami.

    #2: Charlotte's public school system is a disaster. It is very poorly organized, badly run, and is rated among the worst systems in our state.

    #3: Violent crime and property crime in Charlotte has been on the rise for the past 4 years.

    #4: The City has built not one.. but two sports arenas for our basketball teams. Construction of both arenas was voted down by the public, but the City Council, lead by the mayor, built them anyways. For the record... our basketball team hasn't had a winning season yet. They couldn't sell enough tickets to fill the old arena... so they got a new one... come on!

    #5: Charlotte's public transit system is a joke. We don't have enough busses or a regular enough schedule for them to be useful at all. Though they did just spend several million building a train system to run downtown so all the rich sports fans and businessmen can ride it. Yeah, way to spend our tax dollars.

    #6: Charlotte's roads are disasterous... they are too congested and in a very poor state of repair. Construction of the outer highway loop around the city hasn't even been completed and traffic is so bad that the parts that are finished need widening already.

    And this is the guy that people apparently want running our state. He couldn't even run this city worth a crap.

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    there's a lot of stuff in my town/state and I voted for around 90% of it. I researched the candidates/props online and in my voters guide (the latter for the props). The only thing I din't vote on was these things called water districts which aren't congress nor senate. I guess they have something to do with the delta system but really I looked into it and I couldn't find anything asides bill boards. <_>


    I also might become a city council member, if no one else votes for it since I wrote my own name in since I didn't like either person for that seat. I would actully take the postion if it was offered and I would do my very best to stop spending money on crap this town does not need. Like a new minor league baseball park that voters denied but it was passed anyway. Our baseball team SUCKS anyway.

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    In my state, Ohio we had casino gambling on the ballot, and I voted against it cause it would have given one man a monopoly on casino gambling; one Lyle Berman of Vegas. Plus, I didn't like the language in the issue.

    I also voted for the Payday Loan Lender cap. I despise those payday loan places because I used those twice when I was living in Columbus, but I realized that they were a scam. You pay a lot to get the loans. I also didn't like the way the supporters for that issue were trying to make it about jobs and not what it really was about.

    I also voted for several key levies in my county, like special needs services, et al, and schools.

    I am just glad it is all over with. I was sick of the mudslinging and the attack ads on TV here in Ohio.

    WildThing121675

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