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The hazards of voting too early

A prominent and intelligent local citizen just told me that she voted at the earliest opportunity, because she really wanted to vote on the civic center arena issue. When she got to the County Administration building, she discovered that there was also an election for School Board. Since she knew nothing about either candidate, she left that race blank.

That's why we have campaigns, and this campaign has barely started. Local elections for School Board, like other choices on the June ballot, present a real contrast. While the politicking that goes on can be annoying, we also learns more about the candidates and also the issues involved in ballot questions as the campaign goes on. If you vote early and later learn something that would have changed your vote, you cannot take it back. I try to stay informed about what's happening in our community, but often don't come to a firm decision about a down ballot race or an obscure issue until right before the election.

Please remember to vote, but please don't vote until you're really ready. There's nothing wrong with going to the polls on June 5, which is Election Day.

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Jay Davis

Rapid City

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