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Our view: Let’s exceed voting expectations

Just about everyone expects turnout to be light for the Feb. 26 Consolidated Republican Primary Election.

A handful of township races are the only ones on the ballot. It’s in the middle of winter. There aren’t any high-profile races, such as governor or president of the U.S.

Setting aside the primary, even the Consolidated Municipal Election, which is April 9 this year and will include many more contested races than the primary has, historically has seen low voter turnout.

But just because history tells us we should expect a turnout of no more than 10 percent to 15 percent doesn’t mean that voters can’t pull off a surprise. Why not give it a try?

Grafton, Nunda and Algonquin townships all have contested primaries.

Grafton Republicans will nominate candidates for township supervisor, clerk, assessor, highway commissioner and trustees. Nunda will nominate a supervisor, clerk and highway commissioner. And a supervisor, clerk and trustees will be voted on in Algonquin.

The winners of the primary election will move on to the April 9 ballot.

While the primary is Feb. 26, early voting already has begun.

Registered voters from any of the three townships can cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Tuesday through Friday next week on the second floor of the McHenry County Administration Building. There also are early voting hours from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23.

Voters from Algonquin Township can early vote at their township offices in Crystal Lake from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today and Tuesday through Friday next week, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23.

Voters from Grafton Township can early vote at the Huntley Park District from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Tuesday through Friday next week, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23.

Voters from Nunda Township can early vote at their township offices in Crystal Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Tuesday through Friday next week, and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23.

If you’re a registered Republican voter and live in any of these townships, consider voting in the primary.

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