Voters will have some decisions to make as Election Day finally arrives tomorrow.
Races that will appear on the ballot include municipal and county positions as well as various judicial seats. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Watertown Daily Times has made several endorsements this election season. Here is a summary of the candidates and propositions weve recommended for election or approval:
Watertown City Council Stephen A. Jennings and Teresa Macaluso.
St. Lawrence County district attorney Mary E. Rain.
Jefferson County clerk Gizelle J. Meeks.
Supreme Court justices John V. Centra and Anthony J. Paris.
Proposed amendments to the New York State Constitution
Proposal 1, Authorizing casino gaming: No.
Proposal 2, Additional civil service credit for veterans with disabilities certified post-appointment: Yes.
Proposal 3, Exclusion of indebtedness contracted for sewage facilities: Yes.
Proposal 4, Settling disputed title in the forest preserve: Yes.
Proposal 5, In relation to a land exchange in the state forest preserve with NYCO Minerals Inc.: Yes.
Proposition 6, Increasing age until which certain state judges can serve: Yes.
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Its obvious that this general election isnt attracting the same interest as the one held a year ago. With the perception that there is more at stake when federal offices are in the mix particularly that of the presidency more people are inclined to make that journey to the local polls and cast their ballots.
And not every race in this years election includes a lightning rod issue that will grab the attention of potential voters. Many people have speculated, for instance, that the campaigns for the Watertown City Council lack such an element.
It would be a mistake, however, for voters to become apathetic about this years elections based on a lack of any major issues at the moment. We dont entrust other people with the duties and privileges of elective office merely because of the stance theyll take on something within the next week or month.
The real test of how well weve chosen our elected representatives is how theyll respond to events six months or a year down the line. What stance will they take in the near future to an issue we cant even imagine cropping up right now?
What they chose to do under such circumstances over the next several years will directly impact our lives as residents of these communities. So we still have quite a bit at stake in tomorrows election. Lets all do our part by getting to the polls and voting.