With less than a month to go before the April 2 general election, it’s time for voters to get informed. If they haven’t already, voters should be using the next several weeks to acquaint themselves with the candidates that will be on that ballot.
This newspaper, as well as a variety of sources on the Internet and local forums, offer tons of information to potential voters.
In upcoming editions of The Gardner News candidates’ answers to questionnaires will run. There voters will find information about contested races in Gardner and Spring Hill municipalities and contested races for USD 230 and 231 school board.
The Johnson County election Web site, LINK, is also a valuable resource for voters. On that site, voters will find a list of candidates for each office, and in many cases Web addresses for the candidates’ own sites.
For example, all of the candidates for Gardner City Council and mayor maintain websites, blogs or Facebook pages.
On The Gardner News website, www.gardnernews.com, a series of videos introducing the candidates for Gardner council, mayor, and USD 231 school board appears.
In addition to that wealth of information, voters also can find newspaper endorsements and political groups’ endorsements of individual candidates. For example, the Mainstream Coalition and Kansans for Life offer their endorsements to many candidates in a majority of races. We’re certain those aren’t the only large organizations that are likely to offer candidate endorsements that can be found with a few clicks of a button on Google or other Internet search engines.
Voting isn’t simply a right. It’s a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Please take the time to learn about the candidates before casting a ballot on April 2.
Elections have consequences, and an uninformed public gets the government it deserves.

Written by the editorial staff.