As any reader of our Letter Box over the past few weeks could probably tell you, the ballot for the primary election on Aug. 26 is packed full of many qualified people.
While the Reformer no longer provides endorsements for candidates, there is one thing that we wholeheartedly endorse and that is taking advantage of your constitutional right to vote for the candidate of your choice.
During discussions over whether we should continue endorsements, the editorial board repeatedly came back to one point -- is it appropriate for a newspaper to endorse someone it may eventually have to cover?
We also questioned whether a reader’s decision to chose one candidate over the other hinged on our recommendation. Knowing how well-informed and opinionated our readership is, we highly doubted it. If our readers needed any suggestion as to who to vote for, the editorial board concluded they would be looking more to their neighbors than to an anonymous editorial writer.
That is the reason we have done our best over the past month to run as many candidate support letters as possible and will continue to do so through Saturday. Our strategy has been to print letters in chronological order, but to be fair, if we received three letters on the same day for the same candidate, we didn’t print them in the same edition.
After Aug. 23, any letters we are unable to get into print will be posted on our website.
In addition, we believe the Reformer has done a fine job in profiling on our pages each of the candidates. Our job is not to tell you who to vote for, but let the candidates speak for themselves and make a case as to why our readers should vote for them.
With that said, if you haven’t already voted for the candidate of your choice, please make an effort to do so on Tuesday. Each town’s polling hours may be slightly different, though they are mandated by state law to be open at least as early as 10 a.m. and as late at 7 p.m. While most close at 7 p.m., many open two to three hours earlier than required. We would urge our readers to doublecheck with their town clerks if they are unclear as to what the hours are.
Don’t pass up your opportunity to help decide who gets to represent you in the Vermont State House for the next two years -- get out and vote.