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There’s still time to register, and a lot to vote for

By: Susan Belknap, Editor
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The right to vote is an important one and there’s just a few weeks left until the Nov. 4 election. Placer County voters have their work cut out, making a decision who will receive their vote for the highest office in the land and trying to decipher all 12 propositions and various measures on this year’s ballot. But, in addition to national and state competitions, this year’s ballot features the names of several local candidates hoping for your vote for school and fire district boards as well as city council for those who live in Roseville. In order to make intelligent decisions about who to vote for, one must understand the candidates, what each one stands for and what they want to accomplish if elected to office. For the last few months The Press-Tribune has been publishing several articles regarding all the local races in an effort to educate readers. We hope you’ve been able to catch the stories we’ve had on Roseville City Council candidates as well as the articles we’ve published profiling Roseville City, Dry Creek and Sierra College district school board candidates. In addition there are local fire district board races we’ve also published to help our readers make the best choice for all positions. In the race for Roseville City Council voters must select three of the six candidates running for office. In an effort to inform voters about this race a number of candidate forums have been scheduled, including one that takes place today at 7 p.m. at the Martha Riley Community Library. The event is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Placer County, the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations and The Press-Tribune. What an opportunity to witness first hand the candidates voice their opinions about the city and what they would like to see accomplished. No matter what your party affiliation, I hope you will take the time to study your sample ballot and cast your vote for your favorite candidates. According to the Americagov.com Web site, new technology and procedures were set in place in 2006 to encourage more eligible voters to cast their ballots. These include Web sites or online portals that voters can use to check if they are registered to vote, and, if so, where they can vote. Telephone hotlines are also being used by local election officials to respond to voters’ Election Day questions. Here in Placer County as of Sept. 29, 188,103 people have registered to vote. This number includes 93,238 Republicans, 55,668 Democrats and 33,153 “decline to state” voters among a few other affiliations. Officials at The Elections Division office in Auburn have a wealth of information about all issues related to the voting procedures and can help answer any questions voters might have concerning their ballot and place of voting. They can be reached at (530) 886-5650. In addition, the Web site www.placer.ca.gov/elections provides further information about candidates in all the local races. If you’ve recently moved to Placer County and haven’t had a chance to register there’s good news since the deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 20. For those who wish to vote by mail, the last day to request that ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 28. I hope you will take the time Tuesday, Nov. 4, to exercise your right to cast your vote for your choice of candidates. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.