10/30/16 - Understand Your Vote - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

10/30/16 - Understand Your Vote

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

What an election season it has been this year! Some of you may have already voted, but many more will head to the polls on November 8th. The race for President is dominating this year’s election so it’s easy to see how many of us have forgotten about the importance of local issues that are on the ballot.

There’s some big changes being left for voters to decide and the wording of these ballot issues can be confusing, especially if you are reading them for the first time in the election booth. For example, the proposed Amendment 4 change on the Missouri ballot. It in part, asks voters if they want to prohibit any new state or local use tax on services that "are not" currently taxed, like day care and health care services. If you agree with the amendment, that local & state government "should not" have the authority to apply new taxes to these services, you should vote “yes”. So voting by "yes" you say no to new taxes. As you can see, it’s confusing because no means yes and yes means no, and if you’re in a rush at the polls it could leave you voting for something you don’t support.

Remember, voting is your right and privilege, a right you should take seriously. With just a few days left we recommend checking out your county’s sample ballots in advance and research all the races and issues on the ballot so that you can be an informed voter.

I’m Scott Thomas, and that’s our Viewpoint.

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