Let your voice be heard, go vote

Voters in Ohio and West Virginia certainly have plenty of choices on the ballots this year.

There are no reasons not to cast a ballot in this year’s general election.

Voters in both states will decide on the federal level for Senate and House of Representatives. There also are contested races in West Virginia for House of Delegates and state Senate. Voters will make decisions in Jefferson, Hancock and Brooke counties for county commissioner. There also is a contested race for auditor in Jefferson County.

West Virginia residents will cast ballots for justices for the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Statewide races in Ohio include governor, attorney general, auditor, treasurer, two Supreme Court justices, state board of education, uncontested state representative and court of appeals judge.

There are statewide issues on the ballot in both states.

In West Virginia, there is a constitutional amendment, that, if approved, states there is nothing in the constitution to secure or protect a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion. Another constitutional amendment would place budgetary control over the Supreme Court of Appeals in the hands of the state legislature.

In Ohio, voters will cast ballots on Issue 1.

If approved, it will reduce penalties for obtaining, possessing and using illegal drugs from felonies to misdemeanors.

There are numerous local levies on the ballot.

In Jefferson County, Edison Local School District has a 5.9 -mill levy renewal for current expenses. Wells Township voters are being asked to approve an additional levy of 1.2 mills for current expenses to replace money lost in the tax devaluation on the Cardinal Plant. Toronto has a 0.5 mill levy renewal for recreation. Short Creek Joint Fire District has an additional 4 mill levy for fire and ambulance service.

In Hancock County, voters will decide the renewal of a levy to fund county schools.

Brooke County voters will vote on the renewal of a levy to fund the ambulance service, the county museum, county courthouse’s maintenance, repair and improvement; Brooke County West Virginia University Extension Service, Brooke Hills Park, county health department, county senior programs, including the senior center; Healthways, including the Brooke County Opportunity Center and costs for mental hygiene proceedings; and the Brooke County, Follansbee and Mary H. Weir public libraries.

There also are separate renewal levies to fund the animal shelter and for fire departments throughout the county.

Whoever is elected on Tuesday on the federal, state and local levels will help determine how government operates.

Tuesday’s election is important to residents in Ohio and West Virginia.

Go vote. Make your voice heard.