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EDITORIAL: Rock the (school budget) vote

Like every other time you visit the polls, how you vote should be a decision you reach yourself. You’ll find the basic information on your budget vote in this week’s edition. For more in depth information, we suggest visiting spotlightnews.com and using our handy search box to look at our prior coverage. For true numbers masochists, most districts post their entire budget online these days, too, line by line.

It is important to note you do not need to be registered with the board of election to vote on the school budget or anything else on Tuesday’s ballot. You only need to be a U.S. citizen of at least the age of 18 and a resident of the school district in question for at least 30 days prior to the vote. Make sure to have some proof of residency when you show up to the polls, but that’s pretty much all the red tape.

The lazy, apathetic answer from those who stay home on any election day tends to be that their vote will not matter. That simply can’t be said when it comes to these annual school budget votes. An incredibly slim percentage of the population comes out for these votes, sometimes barely 10 percent, and it is hardly unusual for the decision to be within a few percentage points of either passage or defeat. Do the math on your decision making power in that scenario.

So where will you be next Tuesday? We hope at one of the schools in your district, casting your vote.

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