Another Letter About Election Turnout

November 18, 2013 at 11:51 am Leave a comment


By Andrew Richter

Here’s a good letter to the editor about why odd year elections are bad;

As head election judge I personally observed 198 people cast their vote out of more than 4,000 registered voters in the District 286 school board election.

I applaud those 0.5 percent of the voting population that turned out to vote. I have been wondering why the number of voters that came to the poles was so low. Could it be that most of us don’t understand the importance of the school board? What exactly do they do?

Checking out the Minnesota School Board Association website, I am amazed at the amount of responsibility school board members have. The school board sets the goals and monitors progress, including student achievement, ensures that resources are aligned with the goals, collaborates with community partners and ensures facilities are safe and adequate.

The board hires and evaluates the superintendent, ratifies employee contracts and advocates student needs to lawmakers. It seems that the election of a competent school board is more important than voting on a levy. With today’s growing concerns about school safety, graduation rates, unemployable youth and crime rates, why wouldn’t someone be concerned about the quality of our own local schools?

Today more than ever we need to support our community by showing an interest in the students we see boarding the buses or walking by our homes on the way to school. Someday, as adults, they may decide to stay in our neighborhood.

Don’t we want the best citizens for our community? Why were the majority of voters over 40 years of age? Why weren’t the parents of the children voting for their own school board? What excuses were being made for not voting?  Shouldn’t pride and love for our country begin at the local level?

For the next local election, whether for the city or school board, I will be active in alerting my neighbors to go to the polls and cast their ballot for the best community we can have. This is where we live and where our priority should be.

Allan Hancock

Brooklyn Center

Good letter Mr. Hancock but you need to push for even year elections instead of trying to drag people to the polls in an odd year.

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Entry filed under: Brooklyn Center, City Government, Community, School Board.

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