It’s a sad reality that in our political system, there are large numbers of people who focus on presidential elections to the exclusion of everything else. Of course presidential elections are important. But just because there isn’t one on the ballot, that’s no reason to skip voting.

This Tuesday is a perfect example. Some very important local and state races and ballot issues will be decided then. Yet even though Colorado’s mail-in balloting system makes it ridiculously easy to vote, many people in our community haven’t done so.

By mid-afternoon Friday, only 20,000 Pueblo County voters had returned their ballots. Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz is expecting a last-minute rush that might bring that total up to 40,000 or 43,000.

Read more at The Pueblo Chieftain.

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