At the time of this writing, municipal elections around St. Clair County are still two weeks away.
Still, time is running short for those wishing to vote in local elections. The deadline for voter registration for the upcoming elections — polls open at 7 a.m. on Aug. 28 — is Aug. 17.
Too much media coverage, frankly, goes to those elections that take place nationally – namely, the presidential election. For most citizens, the elections that affect their lives most directly occur at home: for their mayor and their council members.
The editorial staff at the Times holds to its policy of not endorsing local candidates; as much as we can, we attempt to stay out of the back-and-forth that defines these political races.
Even so, the importance of these elections cannot be understated. All citizens – young and old, black and white, poor and rich, new and longstanding — must be willing to register, show up and cast their ballots.
After Aug. 28, you won’t have another chance until 2016. And that’s a long time to wait.