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WXYZ Editorial: Now is the time to be an educated voter

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Posted at 7:38 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 19:38:10-04

WXYZ DETROIT — This year, the battle for the White House, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, have captured the lion’s share of attention. But the down ballot races are equally important! The reality is, candidates and issues competing on a state and local level have more direct impact on your everyday life. As the old saying goes, “All politics is local!”

If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time to do so. You can do it in the comfort and safety of your home, or in-person. But before you mark your ballot, become familiar with the names, races and issues. You will be facing a political laundry list of candidates for State Supreme Court, university board of trustees, State Board of Education, lower court judges and statewide proposals. Depending on where you live, you may be asked to vote on citizens running for local school boards, township supervisors and sheriffs, as well as local millage issues. Now - not when you walk in the booth - is the time to do your homework!

You can get your sample ballot and all of the voting information you need, on our website at WXYZ.com.

Also, pay close attention to the voting deadlines. You have until 5:00 p.m. on October 30th, to request a ballot my mail. The return envelope must be postmarked by November 2nd to count. But with a record number of absentee ballots already requested, you would be wise to vote sooner than later. Voting has never been easier! And Michigan law now allows you to register and vote in-person on Election Day, with proper I.D.

It’s time to make your vote and your voice count!

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
Broadcast: OThis year, the battle for the White House, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, have captured the lion’s share of attention. But the down ballot races are equally important! The reality is, candidates and issues competing on a state and local level have more direct impact on your everyday life. As the old saying goes, “All politics is local!”

If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time to do so. You can do it in the comfort and safety of your home, or in-person. But before you mark your ballot, become familiar with the names, races and issues. You will be facing a political laundry list of candidates for State Supreme Court, university board of trustees, State Board of Education, lower court judges and statewide proposals. Depending on where you live, you may be asked to vote on citizens running for local school boards, township supervisors and sheriffs, as well as local millage issues. Now - not when you walk in the booth - is the time to do your homework!

You can get your sample ballot and all of the voting information you need, on our website at WXYZ.com.

Also, pay close attention to the voting deadlines. You have until 5:00 p.m. on October 30th, to request a ballot my mail. The return envelope must be postmarked by November 2nd to count. But with a record number of absentee ballots already requested, you would be wise to vote sooner than later. Voting has never been easier! And Michigan law now allows you to register and vote in-person on Election Day, with proper I.D.

It’s time to make your vote and your voice count!

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
October 15 - 18, 2020