It’s election season again, and Dayton’s voter turn-out numbers were down last election; only one-third of registered Dayton voters actually showed up to the polls and voted. Here are some reasons to get out there this time and vote on November 6th.
• So they listen to Dayton! State government pays attention to which cities vote and which cities don’t. Just like the old adage “the squeaky wheel gets the grease’, cities with high voter turnout get more attention from state government. Vote November 6th and let them know Dayton is awake and watching!
• Because we live here! Local politics influence all of the decisions that have a direct influence on our day-to-day lives, from the laws we’re most worried about abiding by, to the streets we drive on, the storm water that floods our basements or the abandoned houses that blight the town.
• To reduce voter apathy! While voters may care about the issues, especially national ones, participation in local voting continues to decline. In 2011, less than 21 percent of cities' voting-age population cast ballots, compared to an average of 26.6 percent in 2001.
• So our representatives actually represent us! Generally, before a law is passed it must be voted on at your state Senate and state House of Representatives before your governor decides to approve it, veto it or allow it to pass into law. This makes it extremely important to consider and vote for who your local elected officials will be, so that they will vote on your side.
• To hold your local government accountable! Our local officials are elected to represent the majority, and when a large fraction of the electorate fails to vote, bias can be prevalent. Increases in voter turnout at a local level can improve minority representation in city councils and the passing of laws that are more reflective of how citizens feel.
• To keep us safe! Our local elected officials decide how our public safety is managed and paid for. Our elected public servants use our property tax dollars to make big budgetary decisions that influence our local communities.
Submitted by: Beth Nyman
Source: Kip, Becky. "Voting for Mayor is More Important than
Voting for President”. www.thehill.com, October 2016
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