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OUR VIEW: Don't forget to vote in Tuesday's primary

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opinion River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

The primary is an important part of the democratic process and allows citizens the power to select preferred candidates.

Next Tuesday's primary doesn't have the glamour of some of the more recent elections, but next week's vote is a key component of what happens in the Nov. 6 election later this fall.

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There is only one race on the Republican side of the primary ballot, but it is still important for both Republicans and Democrats to support all the candidates (federal, state and county) on the ballot who are without opposition. It is sometimes during low voter turnout that odd things happen. For instance, a candidate could be upended by a write-in candidate if there are few voters on one side of the ballot.

The featured race finds Republicans, Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Mark W. Nuemann and Tommy G. Thompson seeking the republican nod for the U.S. Senate race. The winner will face Democrat Tammy Baldwin on Nov. 6. The candidates will be vying for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl who is retiring.

With Wisconsinites facing a bit of election-overload the past year, it might be awfully easy to ignore this primary in the middle of August (this event was previously held in September). Everyone is still involved in summer activities and starting to think about the upcoming school year.

Keep in mind, candidates have, or will be, invested a lot of time, effort and money in seeking positions of service at the federal, state and county level. The least we can do is vote and let the citizens speak as to who should represent the respective political parties on the ballot in November.

The primary is an important part of the democratic process and allows citizens the power to select preferred candidates. Remember, however, a voter can only vote for candidates of one particular party in a primary. Let's go to the polls Tuesday and make our preference known. Polls are open Tuesday in all municipalities from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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