Archive for Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Linenberger: Fair, election

July 31, 2012

The Leavenworth County Fair Parade usually has no shortage of political candidates hitting the pavement.

This year might be a different story.

The parade is Tuesday night, which also happens to be this year’s date for the primaries. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., so it’s possible some candidates won’t be in attendance. Instead, they could be keeping tabs on their primary races. Some candidates are running unopposed in the primaries, so the scheduling conflict might not be an issue.

But local residents should ink a big red circle around Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Again, the parade is that night, which happens to be on the first day of the Leavenworth County Fair. It’s hard to argue against the fair being Tonganoxie’s largest event. It certainly attracts many folks to our city and also allows a week to check out all the work of local 4-H members and open-class participants. It’s also a chance to hit up the carnival, take in some fair food and watch events such as the mud run and demolition derby.

If you’re going to be at the fair much of the day Tuesday, make plans to break away to cast your ballot in the primaries. Can’t get away? The Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office again will be offering satellite advanced voting ahead of the primaries. This year, it's from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Tonganoxie Public Library, Third and Bury streets. Because of new voting laws, a photo ID is required to vote.

With the fair comes animals and with animals comes manure, which some might consider fitting for a day that involves politics.

The governor’s office is projecting an 8 percent voting turnout for the primaries, which would be a shame. Deciding who represents you at the local, state and national levels shouldn’t be taken lightly.

A candidate forum this past week attracted some 100 folks to VFW Hall. It was standing-room only, which, it is hoped, is a sign of what voter turnout will be come Tuesday.

Speaking of the fair and voting, rural Tonganoxie Township residents normally vote at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, but because the fair is happening this week, Tonganoxie Township residents will vote at Tonganoxie Christian Church, 204 Washington St. in Tonganoxie. Residents affected will be those who live in Tonganoxie Township outside of the city limits.

So, to review, vote early with today’s satellite opportunity at the library or vote Tuesday and then head to downtown Tonganoxie for the fair parade.

It will be a great way to start fair week, which also would be a great time for Mother Nature to turn down the heat about 10-15 degrees.

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