Our Opinion: Be an informed voter
While it is certainly a different year for political campaigns and elections, it’s also a year when there are more options than ever to make an informed decision.
Being an American citizen comes with a bevy of freedoms, opportunities and obligations. One of those is being engaged in the very democracy that provides the first two items on the list.
Each election cycle provides an opportunity for each of us to take part in this representative government, make our voices heard on the great issues that face the nation, and be informed on the candidates who seek our support to serve in offices from township supervisors to the White House.
On the other hand, there has not been a time when people have more options to make an informed choice by hearing the candidates talk about the issues in forums, by reading voter’s guides and candidate profiles, by reaching out to the candidates themselves.
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Each year, our staff works diligently to complete the voter’s guide, which was published Sept. 30 and is available online and in our e-edition.
The Dispatch is co-sponsoring several forums with the League of Women Voters, the Brainerd Lakes, Pequot, Nisswa and Cuyuna Lakes area chambers. Some have already taken place, but voters can watch the candidate forums online, on the Dispatch website at www.brainerddispatch.com or on the Dispatch Facebook page. And as the election nears, the Dispatch will be reporting on more area candidates in local races from judicial candidates to state, city and school board races.
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Read what is available. Use the voter’s guides in the Dispatch and the Echo Journal. Take advantage of this strange year, where there are frankly fewer distractions, to learn more about the issues and the candidates who are stepping up and willing to serve.
Be informed and vote.