It’s a simple question that is displayed on this weeks front page. And the answer affects everyone who lives in town, and perhaps even Sumner County.
For this election, there are 5,041 registered voters. Your’s truly does not get a vote on April 3, and your’s truly isn’t about to tell anyone which way they should vote on any of the questions that will appear on the ballot. With that being said, it’s very important for those who can vote, to vote.
That’s my message to this community.
Here are some interesting numbers that have come up over the last couple of weeks.
During the Ward 4 primary election on Feb. 28, there was a 13 percent voter turnout. Just 215 people of the registered 1,576 in that ward voted.
Not to pick on Ward 4, they just gave us the last set of numbers to report. In past, City-wide elections, the numbers aren’t much better.
The “Pseudoephedrine” special election On Dec. 6, 2011, garnered 17.66 percent turnout.
A year ago, for the city/school elections on April 5, 2011, Ward 4 had the highest percentage of voters with 23.69 percent. Ward 2 had 19.16 percent, Ward 1 - 17.45 percent, and Ward 3 had 12.03 percent. The total voter turnout for that general election was 18.08 percent.
My challenge to those 5,041 registered voters is to take advantage of this opportunity, and excersie your right to vote. Those numbers have to be better.
There is a lot of information out there about the topics swirling around this election. This newspaper has done its best to get as much of that information out to the public as it possibly can.
A bulk of that info can be seen, starting on page 8 of this issue, in the form of a 1,300-plus word story about the half-cent sales-tax and Sumner Regional Medical Center (SRMC).
Information about the Wellington City Council candidates can also be seen in this issue as well, on pages 20 and 21.
Being informed is half the battle. On April 3, people just have to get to the Raymond Frye and vote, that’s the other half.
Voters, to put it simply, the time is yours. Please get out and be ready to vote on April 3.