By HDN staff
With the Great Northern Fair in full swing and the combines gearing up for another hectic harvest, politics and elections are probably the last thing on your mind.
But the voter registration deadline on Monday, Aug. 16, should not go over looked. Often people neglect to take the time to be certain they are registered, then come election time they sadly cannot participate.
And their reaction? Oh, well, no big deal.
Well, it is a big deal. Recent voter turnouts for city and county elections has been dismal. A minute number of electors are shaping the future of our city, as the majority allow themselves to remain silent.
This year there are four seats open on the Havre City Council and only one has an incumbent in the race. Thats 50 percent of the council that will be facing change.
In Ward 1, Democrat Douglas Larson will be challenged by Republican John McLain. Ward 2 has Republican Gary Schubert facing Democrat Vickie Clouse. For Ward 3, Democrat Jack Brandon goes up against Republican Kevin Allison. Ward 4 councilwoman, Democrat Emily Mayer Lossing, is unopposed in the primary race, but with face the winner of the Republican primary race between Shane Ford and Ronald Wolford.
The primary is slated for Tuesday, Sept. 14, while the general election is Nov. 2.
Both parties are making things easy for the voters this year when it comes to registration. While enjoying the fair you can swing by either the Republican or Democrat information booths and they will be happy to make sure you are prepared for the 1999 election.
Not going to the fair? Then take just a moment out of your busy day on Monday and swing by the Clerk and Recorders Office in the Hill County Courthouse. Trust us, registration is painless.
So its your choice. But if you choose to remain silent in the election, then you have been silenced for the next two-year term.