Please inform yourself and vote

The last sands are slipping through the hourglass on this 2017 election season, and we are all faced with a series of questions as ballots are cast.

The first question is whether to take the time to vote. Regardless of your feelings on the outcome of last year’s Presidential Election, you must acknowledge it shows the power of the vote– and the power of the lack of a vote.

If voting is important to you, please make sure your friends and family get a nudge from you to spend the five or ten minutes to participate in our democracy.

The best way to help people get to the polls is familiarizing them with not only what’s at stake in this election, but also what the choices are.  Make that trip to your polling station fast and easy by knowing what you are going to do before you get there.

SAMPLE BALLOT

This is a sample of the ballot I’ll be voting on Tuesday morning.  You can get an exact image of your ballot (if you live in Erie County) and find your polling place by filling out the information on this page: Erie County Board of Elections Sample Ballot.  Even just clicking on the image above will familiarize you with the judicial and countywide races no matter where you live in Erie County.

I am proud to endorse every candidate on Row A of this ballot, but if you still have questions about any of the countywide candidates, The League of Women Voters produce a great resource, The League of Women Voters Guide. Click to read statements from each of the countywide candidates as well as county legislature candidates.

Propositions

The back of the ballot has three propositions on it this year. You’ve probably heard about the Constitutional Convention, but maybe less about the other two. You can click and read exactly what will appear on the ballot, and I discuss each below.

Prop 1

Those who ask you to vote yes on the constitutional convention say it’s an opportunity to fix many problems inherent in the way state government operates.  Those asking to vote no cite the cost and potential ramifications of change.

Like most New Yorkers, I can come up with a list as long as my arm if we are going to start talking about problems in state government. I am voting NO, however, because I haven’t heard any idea the would mitigate the undue influence of special interests in making changes that are not wholly in the best interest of us.

Prop 2

If passed, this would give a judge the ability to take away the pension of a public official who is convicted of a crime RELATED TO HIS/HER OFFICE. This isn’t about an Assemblyman getting a DWI and losing his pension. This is about graft and corruption and official misconduct. I am voting YES on this one.

Prop 3

The Adirondack State Park is unique in that parklands include towns and villages with populations of more than 100,000 people, whose homes and public works infrastructure are part of “one of the great experiments in conservation in the industrialized world,” mixing wilderness and residential areas in the park.

Conservation of the area is tantamount, both in the hearts of the residents and the eyes of the law– but sometimes the world of human and nature collide and the fix becomes difficult.

This law would allow for small tracts of protected land to be used for public works projects like rebuilding washed out roads or putting in new water lines.

When these projects are scheduled, they can work around– but when a water main collapses or floods wash out a road, it often takes a three year process of state legislature approval and approval by voters statewide as a proposition.

Everyone I’ve heard from or read about from the North Country– including conservationists– say this makes sense.  I’m voting YES.

Please Vote on Tuesday, November 7th

I hope you will get to the polls and encourage your friends to get out to vote.  It would be an honor to serve as your next Erie County Clerk, and the only way that will happen is with your vote. Thank you.

A Trusted Voice

Vote for the candidate with real world experience and a new voice: Vote Steve Cichon for Erie County Clerk on November 7th.

Posted by Steve Cichon for Erie County Clerk on Sunday, October 22, 2017