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Exercise your right to vote

November 5, 2012
The Herald-Star

To say Tuesday's general election will affect residents in many ways would be an understatement.

Voters will decide who will run the country, their state and their county.

Voting has never been as important as it is Tuesday.

People across the country will flock to the polls, or have already in early voting, to determine the president for the next four years. The campaign that seemingly would never end will do so on Tuesday.

Ohioans also will decide races for U.S. Senate and Congress, state senator, justices of the Ohio Supreme Court and court of appeals. Two Jefferson County commissioner seats also are on the ballot.

In West Virginia, voters will make selections in races for U.S. Senate and Congress, governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, attorney general and justices on the Supreme Court of Appeals. Also on the ballot are contested races in Brooke and Hancock counties for house of delegates and state senator. Brooke County has a contested election for sheriff, with one of the candidates being a write-in.

Hancock County has contested elections for county commissioner, sheriff and magistrate, as well as a renewal levy for the sheltered workshop.

Jefferson County voters also will cast ballots for the renewal Steubenville's 5-mill levy for current expenses.

The levy has been approved every five years by voters since the early 1960s. More than one-half of the levy goes to fund the police and fire departments.

School levies on the ballot include an additional 2-mill levy for Buckeye Local School District for permanent improvements for a continuing period of time; an additional 9.45 mills for Edison Local School District for current expenses for a continuing period of time; Indian Creek Local School District, bond issue of 3.5 mills for constructing school facilities under the exceptional needs program of the Ohio School Facilities Commission and locally funded initiatives; renovating, improving and constructing additions to existing facilities, including furnishings and equipment; acquiring land and interests in land as necessary, in principle amount of $22 million for 37 years; and additional 1.45 mills for current expenses for five years; and Jefferson County Joint Vocational School District, additional 1 mill for current expenses, for purchasing equipment for buildings and improving buildings, for 10 years.

There is certainly enough on the ballot to bring out voters in Ohio and West Virginia. So much is on the line that it would be wrong if voter turnout isn't above 70 percent.

Go vote on Tuesday, if you haven't already.

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