Election Day is Tuesday, and there will be a meaningful showdown on the ballot, no matter where you live.
The races that will appear on your ballot this week are very important, and the result will arguably have a greater impact on your life than the choosing of the governor, a senator or even a member of the House of Representatives.
Joyce McKinley, director of the Centre County Office of Elections, noted that just 12 percent of county voters cast ballots in the primary.
“We’d like to see a decent turnout,” she said. “We certainly expect to see better turnout than in the spring, but that was disastrous.”
Something perplexing happens in municipal elections like the one coming up Tuesday.
The public officials being elected have the most direct impact on people’s lives.
Yet turnout of registered voters – usually less than 20 percent – is the lowest in the four-year election cycle.
These officials make sure roads are plowed in winter and grass in parks is mowed in summer. They hire contractors for road repairs. They oversee police. They pass zoning laws that dictate where housing developments should go and where businesses should be built, which can impact land values.