Why Should I cast a Vote?

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Real Estate Agent with Utah Select Realty, Inc.

Primary Elections are popping up all around the country. Why should I cast a vote? It doesn't really matter does it? In Salt Lake County, Utah this year the primary elections may have other provisional items on the ballot. Some deal with school districts, bonds and such. Each precinct could have different issues on the ballot. So what is the big deal? In the past these types of issues have been saved for the final elections in November. I just attended Poll Worker Training to be a Poll Manager at the upcoming elections. The instructor made the comment that they were only expecting 15% or less voter turnout. Yes 15% of the registered voters are going to decide on these important issues. I have no idea what percent of adult citizens are registered voters. If you think about it not very many people are making decisions on issues that may affect your pocket book. 

There are also county seats and a US Senate seat up for grabs. Let your voice be heard wherever you are living. So many have given their lives to give us the right to vote. Lets not let them die in vain. 

 

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Don Spera
CR Property Group, LLC - East York, PA
Serving York and Adams County, PA

Randy, I personally think Primary Elections are a joke.  In PA we voted last month for the Primary.  We were not able to split our ticked, we had to vote our registered party line.  I know it is not this way across the entire country.  My polling place actually ran out of applications for people to either change their party affiliation or no affiliation.  So for all future Primaries, they will have their way much easier.  When it comes to the General Election, it is a whole different ballgame.

Jun 10, 2010 08:02 AM #1
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Joe Libin
Veritas Funding, SLC, UT - Salt Lake City, UT
Veritas Funding NMLS #843779 & #252108

Randy, it seems this year the main issue is the school board bonding for the Canyons and Jordan district shortfall.  The real implications I see are the property tax differences due to the creation of the split district.  I plan to vote for the bond so property taxes remain lower thus helping ratios issues on purchase transactions.

Jun 10, 2010 10:47 AM #2
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Randy DeLaMare
Utah Select Realty, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT

Don, Splitting the ballot is tough because for the most part the primary elections are for the parties. Here in Utah the Republicans have a closed election. Only Republicans can vote on their ticket. Democrats have an open election. Any registered voter can vote on their primary meaning a Republican can cross over and vote on the Democratic ticket instead of the Republican ticket. Undeclared can declare Republican and vote but a Democrat can't declare to be a Republican on the day of the election. So yes it does sound a little crazy. The main point of my post was there is more to this primary than just the party issues and the other things can affect your pocketbook. 

Jun 10, 2010 12:53 PM #3
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Randy DeLaMare
Utah Select Realty, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT

Joe, I early voted yesterday and the bond wasn't on my ballot. In our poll worker training they discussed there are even 12,000 Salt Lake County Voters that have no ballot for the primary and they have been notified they don't need to vote in the primary. There are many in the county who do have alot more on the line. 

Jun 10, 2010 01:06 PM #4
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