Why you should vote in the mid-term election

Historically, voter turnout is always higher during presidential elections. From a magnitude perspective, it makes sense — it’s the highest office in the United States and the president is a leader who represents us all around the world.

But from a more prudent perspective, turnout should be higher or just as high for local races.

This election cycle, Marshall County voters get to vote for county, state and U.S. House representatives. One could argue these representatives make a larger impact on our daily lives.

At the county level, the Marshall County Board of Supervisors affect how our tax dollars are put to use. This affects the roads we drive on, many public services we seek out, local mental health resources, recreation and much more. By voting for the two open seats, you get to make an impact.

At the state level, our representatives are our advocates for laws that affect all Iowans. They are our vote for issues ranging from taxes, abortion, health care, collective bargaining and education funding.

They also advocate on behalf of our district when major events like the tornado unfold.

Our governor represents Iowans every day in our communities and at the national level. He or she set the stage

for issues to be tackled. They have the power to tell the federal government what policies are best for Iowans.

Our U.S. House Representatives also advocate for federal policies that are best for Iowans.

Their dialogue at the national scale affects how the rest of the country views our state.

For all these reasons, your vote in the mid-term election matters.

One vote makes a difference.

After all, the collective vote is all based on thousands of individuals deciding to cast a ballot.

It’s one of the easiest ways to practice your civic duty.

Be sure to be informed before hitting the polls.

Look at the issues each candidate stands for and decide which one best represents you.

You can register to vote on election day.

If you are already registered, an approved form of identification

or sign an oath of identification at the polling place

before receiving and casting a ballot.

Contact 641-754-6302 with questions.


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