Study the ballot...
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Readers who looked at the Voter Guide included in last week’s T-I might have been intimidated by the sample ballot, both because of its length and layout and because it lists state offices (auditor, treasurer) and ballot issues that may be unfamiliar. My recommendation is that you cut out and mark the “official ballot,” then take it with you to the polls, along with your ID, whether voting early or on Nov. 6.

You can simplify the process by voting a straight party ticket on federal and state offices. You can always cross over to vote for candidates for the other party on an individual basis.

This brings you to the nonpartisan county council and school board races, where your vote has the most impact. Read candidates’ statements in the T-I Voter Guide and contact them if you have questions. If necessary, you can call the Grand County Clerk at 259-1321 to learn which districts you live in for county council, school board, and state representative, as well as where you vote.

On Constitutional Amendments A and B, the simple answer is “No” on A, “Yes” on B. Earmarking specified amounts of severance taxes for the State Trust Fund would reduce legislative flexibility in budgeting, especially in tight budget years, whereas exempting active duty military from paying property taxes on their primary residences would have a limited but positive impact.

The very last item on the ballet, the last “page” as you flip through on the machines, but of major consequence, is Initiative 1 to study the county form of government. At first glance, this proposition seems simple, but it would actually start a convoluted and probably biased process.

Any change in our form of government would result in the loss of three important provisions—non-partisan elections, term limits, and recall. Grand County is unique. It is small (in population) but diverse. Our unique form of government has been grandfathered into state law; it is legitimate, it is representative, it works for Grand County citizens and against special interests.

Read the “for” and “against” arguments in the voter guide. Vote “No” on this one.

—Jean Binyon


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