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Ballot Time Votes count greatly, and equally

Hood River News Editorial

May 11, 2005

A gentle reminder:

Tuesday, 8 p.m. is the deadline to return ballots for the May 17 election.

From Port districts in Hood River and Cascade Locks to Hood River County School District, many names are on the ballot and deserving of consideration.

In addition, Ballot Measure 14-23 has created a high degree of local interest, and is on the ballot for City of Hood River voters.

The plethora of uncontested races, and even vacant positions, should be no deterrent to casting of ballots.

If your familiar green envelope remains on the table at home, unmarked, you have nearly a week to review the candidates and the issues, and fill it in.

At press time, only about one-fourth of the more than 11,000 county-wide ballots had been turned in. That nearly debunks the notion that in mail-in elections most people vote as soon as the ballots arrive.

The ballots arrived April 30, but three-quarters of voters have not yet responded.

In this election, as always, each vote matters — greatly and equally.

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