Your chance to help shape the future | In Our Opinion

Tuesday is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday or deposited in a dropbox by Tuesday at 8 p.m. Dropboxes are located at:

— Poulsbo Fire Station, 911 NE Liberty Road, Poulsbo (also an Election Day voting location).
— Bainbridge Island Fire Department, 8895 Madison Ave. NE.
— Kitsap Regional Library, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton.
— Norm Dicks Government Center (upper parking lot), 345 Sixth St., Bremerton.
— Central Kitsap School District Administration Building, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale.
— Kitsap County Auditor Elections Division, 619 Division St., Port Orchard (also an Election Day voting location with Accessible Voting Units available).

Don’t underestimate the importance of your one vote. In the August primary, Paige E. Mitchell tied with Timothy Runyan for a precinct committee officer position from Seabeck. Mitchell won in a coin toss. In the same election, in Clark County, a race for precinct committee officer was also decided by coin toss.

In the November 2011 general election, Tim Matthes became Port Orchard’s mayor after a recount gave him a five-vote lead. In Woodland, a tie vote for mayor was settled with a coin toss.

And, of course, there’s the election for governor in 2004, in which Christine Gregoire won by 129 votes — an average of 3.3 votes plurality per county.

The winners in Tuesday’s election will make decisions that affect how your tax dollars are managed, and the quality and level of services you receive for your tax investment. They will adopt budgets, make laws and set policy affecting our quality of life — including but not limited to education, defense, health, infrastructure, public safety. They will chart the course for economic development and jobs creation.

They all have one thing in common: They work for you.

On Tuesday, you will also decide whether there should be more primary education options in Washington state. And you’ll decide whether to uphold a law extending the rights and benefits of marriage to all couples regardless of gender.

Your vote in the Nov. 6 general election is a very important one. Be informed and make an informed vote. One vote does make a difference.

— On Tuesday, visit NorthKitsapHerald.com for up-to-date election-night coverage.

Herald endorsements

A re-cap of the North Kitsap Herald’s endorsements, based on interviews by staff members and the Herald Community Advisory Board, Q&As, backgrounding, and campaign coverage.

— Kitsap County Superior Court, Department 7: Jennifer Forbes.
— U.S. House of Representatives, 6th District: Derek Kilmer.
— 23rd District State House, Position 1: Sherry Appleton. 
— 23rd District State House, Position 2: Drew Hansen. 
— 23rd District state Senate: Christine Rolfes.
— County Commission, District 1: Rob Gelder. 
— County Commission, District 2: Charlotte Garrido.


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