By Nancy Bratrud
Have you voted yet? My mother, a first-generation American, told me to always vote! While I haven’t always done as my mother told me to do, voting is imperative.
You may already have voted, taking advantage of the many expanded opportunities to cast a ballot in Minnesota. My mother would have approved. I will vote at my local polling place on election day. Do you know where to vote and do you have your identification to be sure that your vote will be tallied? This is what you need to think about.
All Minnesota voters will have these races on the ballot: U.S. Representative, Governor and Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, Judicial seats.
In addition, many local, county, and city officers, such as school board members, township officers and local ballot questions will be on the ballot. Inform yourself. It is your choice.
This election requires some preparation by every voter. If you need some help, call the MN Secretary of State at 1-877-600-VOTE(8683), or call your local county election officer. This newspaper will publish sample ballots twice on October 24 and on the 31st. The paper is also printing candidate statements prior to the election.
We have the duty and privilege as citizens to cast our ballots. Who you vote for is your decision. Think about it. Inform yourself. I was born a Republican, but I have become a Democrat primarily because the Democratic party positions on women’s issues. As a woman I am privileged to vote these days. It took a long time from 1776 for a woman to be granted the right to vote and it took a struggle to win that right. I will not take it for granted. Study the issues and study the candidates’ positions on issues. As a woman, I cannot vote for Republican candidates these days. As a political party member, the Republican candidates are expected to support the party positions. Those positions are contrary to this woman’s values. I am not alone in this choice.