With a little more than a month to go before the April 7 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 will offer tons of information to potential voters in the coming month.
In upcoming editions of The Gardner News candidates’ answers to questionnaires will run. There voters will find information about contested races in Gardner and Edgerton municipalities and contested races for school board.
The Johnson County election Web site, www.jocoelection.org, 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, most of the candidates maintain Web sites, blogs or Facebook pages.
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. Most endorsements can be found with a few clicks of a button through Google and 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 7.
Elections have consequences, and an uninformed public gets the government it deserves.