Are you ready to vote in the fall election? Besides selecting favorites among the congressional and presidential wannabes, we Linn County citizens will soon be choosing between candidates for county commissioner, position 2; state representative, districts 11, 15, and 17; and state senator, district 9. We must all decide whether to support the unopposed candidates for county treasurer and county commissioner, position 3. Then there are ballot measures to support or oppose, and, for city residents, council races.

The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 16. You can check your registration status at At this state website, the Online Voters’ Guide was posted the week of Oct. 8. An unedited version was earlier available at You can read the ballot measures and candidates’ statements there.

While you’re on the Internet, check out the League of Women Voters website At this site you can find out your congressional and state House and Senate districts, read candidates’ answers to questions, and build your own ballot to help in filling out the official one.

Let’s hope the Democrat-Herald will also help us prepare to vote, by interviewing candidates and reporting on races both large and small. We can vote well and with confidence when we truly know whom and what we’re voting for.

Linda Ziedrich, Scio

President, League of Women Voters of Linn County Members-at-Large Unit (Oct. 17)

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