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Be prepared to vote again


Our View

May 23, 2012

If you cast a ballot in Tuesday’s Democratic or Republican preferential primary, be prepared to return to your polling station on June 12 for a runoff election or two.

With three candidates each in the Republican and Democratic primaries for the 4th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, and three candidates in the Democratic primary for Jefferson County judge, political observers anticipate one or more runoffs.

If you are a registered voter, you can’t relax from June to the November general election. Smack dab in between June and November falls the month of September and the school elections.

All seven members of the White Hall School District Board of Directors will be up for election this year because of changes in their zones following the federal census of 2010. That means all five decided by zones and two at-large seats on the board will be up for election on Sept. 18.

The winners of school board seats will draw lots for the length of terms they will serve.

The general election and nonpartisan judicial general runoff election fall on Nov. 6.

The general election includes deciding who will occupy the Oval Office for the next four years, the race for Jefferson County judge and municipal races in White Hall and Redfield. All six aldermen in both towns are up for election and redistricting could have an impact.

You may not be through with voting in 2012 on Nov. 6. The general runoff election, if required, will be Nov. 27.

In case you are wondering if all that voting is really necessary, ask the veterans who will assemble for the Memorial Day ceremony at the White Hall Museum.

They fought for your right to vote. The names of those who did not return are inscribed on the monument.