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Make your vote count on Nov. 8 | Editorial

The general election is Nov. 8. Your vote is important. We urge North Kitsap residents to vote in the general election.

Sept. 16, the Herald begins its series of profiles of candidates for Kitsap County Commission, North Kitsap School Board, Kingston Port Commission, Poulsbo City Council, and Poulsbo Port Commission. The series continues through Oct. 14. The Herald will also cover the candidate forums and will publish its endorsements on the editorial page Oct. 21. Voter pamphlets and ballots will be in the mail the next week.

You must register at least 29 days prior to the election to be eligible to vote. If registering by mail, your application must be postmarked by the 29-day cutoff.

If you have never registered before or are from another state, you may register up to eight days prior to the election by appearing in person at the Kitsap County Auditor Elections Office, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

County commissioners and city council members adopt budgets, make laws, and set policy affecting the delivery of public services and how our communities develop.

School board members are empowered by state law to establish district policy and adopt budgets, and are responsible for quality of instruction, district planning, policy development and communications.

Port commissioners are empowered by state law to set objectives, policies and overall direction for the port district. They wield considerable authority: They can exercise the right of eminent domain, levy and collect assessments on property within the district without voter approval to provide services to the public, and issue bonds and impose excess levies for specific purposes.

The winners in the Nov. 8 election will make decisions that affect how your tax dollars are spent, the quality and level of services they provide, and whether their agencies sink or swim in future economic storms. They all have one thing in common: They work for you.

Your vote in the Nov. 8 general election is a very important one. Be informed and make an informed vote.

 

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