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Primary Election Make your voice heard on Tuesday

For one week now, a number of registered voters have had the opportunity to take part in primary elections. Early voting for the races began on June 12 and continues through Sunday at the Board of Elections Offices in the Hall R. Clothier Building in Mayville and at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds in Dunkirk.

Major races in two County Legislature seats, one for the Democrats of District 4 in Fredonia and another in District 18. Which includes portions of Mayville, Chautauqua, Mina, Sherman and Harmony for a Republican line. In Dunkirk there is a heated race for Democrat First Ward Council and other party contests in Arkwright, Ripley and Carroll.

After seeing the pitiful results from school budget and board elections votes, we hope there is a bit more energy in these interesting races. Last week, the League of Women Voters sent us an item that we certainly endorse. It’s about making your opinion and voice count whenever possible. In other nations, views are not as welcome.

“Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you. Your power is in your vote,” the League noted.

Some fun facts the organization sent included:

Australians over 18 are required by law to register to vote and participate in elections.

Astronauts have had the ability to vote from outer space since 1997.

Margaret Newburgh of South St. Paul voted at 6 a.m. in her precinct and is generally credited as the first woman to vote under the 19th Amendment.

Victoria Woodhull broke barriers when she became the first woman to run for president in 1872.

Thomas Mundy Peterson was the first African American to vote in an election on March 31, 1870.

In closing the League also noted this: “You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, raising minimum wage, or funding local schools. This is your life: take the time to help decide what is best.”

America and New York state are finally reopening after a long 16 months dealing with COVID-19. Voting is one of our cherished rights and can never be taken for granted.

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