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Don’t forget to vote by 8 p.m. Tuesday in the primary election

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Placer County Office of Elections

For more information about the Primary Election, the Placer County Office of Elections is extremely accessible. Call the office at 530-886-5650 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, email 

 or visit placerelections.com.

 

Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election has been rather low-key in the Lincoln area.

Usually, this newspaper office is bombarded by election letter-writers urging a vote for their candidate of choice or a measure they strongly support.

But there just hasn’t been that much buzz about this fast-approaching election.

We’ve only received a few letters about whether Jessica Morse or Regina Bateson should take on U.S. Representative Tom McClintock and the need for Sierra Joint Community College District’s Measure E to help fund infrastructure improvements.

True, this upcoming election doesn’t have a Lincoln City Council race and the county supervisor race has only the incumbent, Robert M. Weygandt running for his seat.

The Statewide Direct Primary Election is quiet in Lincoln, as compared to past elections, even though state races, including governor, lieutenant governor and state assembly member, are on the ballot. And there are races for U.S. senator and U.S. representative seats. Those are significant offices and the winners will make decisions that affect our daily lives here in Lincoln. So we should vote.

Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco hopes Lincoln residents will vote by Tuesday.

“Even though there are not many ‘Lincoln-centric’ issues on the June 5, 2018 Primary Election ballot, there are many reasons that Lincoln residents should vote in the upcoming election. First off, there is Sierra Community College District’s Measure E, the district’s first bond measure since 1957 asking residents to support $350,000,000 in bonds to repair/replace/retrofit infrastructure at the college,” Ronco said. “Secondly, it’s important to hear Lincoln’s voice in selecting who gets to face off in November for all of the statewide contests and especially the race for governor. Yes, it is true that, when compared to many of the other metropolitan areas in California, Lincoln is pretty small. And it’s also true that right now Gavin Newsom appears to have a solid lead on first-place for the governor’s race. However, in the Top Two Primary structure, it also matters who comes in second-place. It’s shaping up to be a very close race for second-place in that contest and every vote may matter in that race, for the person who comes in second will have a unique opportunity to form coalitions and could be a formidable opponent to Mr. Newsom in November.”

As of Wednesday morning, Placer County’s turnout was more than 12 percent from permanent vote-by-mail voters and one-time vote by mail voters who have returned ballots so far.

Voting is important, even when the races aren’t headline-making races.

Ronco has another reason that we should vote.

“There is the pride in knowing that Placer County residents, and Lincoln residents specifically; take their civic responsibility of voting seriously. In the last primary election (the June 2016 Presidential Primary), Lincoln voters outpaced the county as a whole in participation,” Ronco said, “voting at nearly 60 percent turnout over the county’s roughly 55-percent turnout (city of Lincoln was 58.75 percent; county was 54.66 percent). Both numbers were well over the statewide participation of 47.72 percent.  In lower turnout elections, the voice of those participating is elevated.”

With options such as vote-by-mail, it’s as easy as dropping your ballot in the mail by Tuesday or at any ballot box throughout Placer County on Tuesday.

Or cast your ballot the old-fashioned way by visiting your polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day.

Remember, it only takes a few minutes to have a say in your government.