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Sun., Apr. 26
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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 we’ve 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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It’s obvious that this general election isn’t 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 year’s 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 year’s elections based on a lack of any major issues at the moment. We don’t entrust other people with the duties and privileges of elective office merely because of the stance they’ll take on something within the next week or month.

The real test of how well we’ve chosen our elected representatives is how they’ll respond to events six months or a year down the line. What stance will they take in the near future to an issue we can’t 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 tomorrow’s election. Let’s all do our part by getting to the polls and voting.

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