Our View: Don’t forget to vote Tuesday in the primary election

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Placer County Office of Elections
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Tuesday’s Statewide Direct Primary Election has been rather low-key in the Auburn area.
Usually, this newspaper office is bombarded by election letter-writers urging a vote for their candidate of choice or a measure they strongly support.
But there just hasn’t been that much buzz about this fast-approaching election.
We’ve only received a few letters about whether Jessica Morse or Regina Bateson should take on U.S. Representative Tom McClintock and the need for Sierra Joint Community College District’s Measure E to help fund infrastructure improvements. 
The Statewide Direct Primary Election is quiet in Auburn, as compared to past elections, even though state races, including governor, lieutenant governor and state assembly member, are on the ballot. And there are races for U.S. senator and U.S. representative seats. Those are significant offices and the winners will make decisions that affect our daily lives here in Auburn. So we should vote. 
Placer County Clerk-Recorder-Registrar of Voters Ryan Ronco hopes Lincoln residents will vote by Tuesday.
“First off, there is Sierra Community College District’s Measure E, the district’s first bond measure since 1957 asking residents to support $350 million in bonds to repair/replace/retrofit infrastructure at the college,” Ronco said. “Secondly, it’s important to hear (Placer County’s) voice in selecting who gets to face off in November for all of the statewide contests and especially the race for governor.”
As of Wednesday morning, Placer County’s turnout was more than 12 percent from permanent vote-by-mail voters and one-time vote by mail voters who have returned ballots so far.
Voting is important, even when the races aren’t headline-making races.
With options such as vote-by-mail, it’s as easy as dropping your ballot in the mail by Tuesday or at any ballot box throughout Placer County on Tuesday. 
Or cast your ballot the old-fashioned way by visiting your polling place between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day.
Remember, it only takes a few minutes to have a say in your government.