Remember to register and vote this election

October 10, 2012

By Administrator

It seems like every November we’re bombarded with messages about how this is The Most Important Election in History. We’ll avoid the hyperbole, but this election is certainly an important one from the nitty-gritty of city business all the way up to the White House.

Residents should take the time to register to vote, if they haven’t already, and learn about the issues and candidates.

In Sammamish, there will be a non-binding vote on spending $25 million from city reserve funds to build a community aquatic center.

In King County, the sheriff oversees law enforcement priorities in areas just outside the city limits.

At the state level, Sammamish will be voting in elections in the 41st and 45th legislative districts. For the vast majority of Sammamish, this will be the first time they are introduced to lawmakers in these districts. Residents should take time to study the people and the issues so they can cast an informed vote on these new-to-you state legislators.

Ballot initiatives and referenda will shape governance and social issues in Washington for years to come. Tim Eyman’s latest initiative would limit the ability of the Legislature to increase taxes. Another initiative could allow charter schools to sprout up around Washington. Other measures would legalize gay marriage and marijuana.

Much of the state’s top leadership positions are on this year’s ballot. From Governor and Attorney General to Commissioner of Public Lands and Superintendent of Public Instruction and a number of judicial offices. The policies set by these leaders will reverberate throughout the state.

And of course, there are the federal races. Sammamish remains in the 8th Congressional District, but the shape of the district has changed dramatically. It’s worth understanding the candidates in that race and the race for U.S. Senate.

Oh, and there’s something about a presidential election going on right now.

The deadline for online registration has passed, but you can still register in person. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections for information. Attend the forum Oct. 18 for a look at some candidates (See Page 5) and visit www.SammamishReview.com for details on all of the races and ballot measures.

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