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'It's an honor to vote'

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Oct 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM

With the ever-falling number of voter turnout, the local senior population said they recognize the continued importance of casting a vote. 

“Our forefathers gave us this option and to ignore it is foolish, for starters,” said Pat Moffatt, of Norwalk. “If you don’t vote, then don’t complain about who got in and who’s doing what. It’s an honor to vote.”

Senior Enrichment Services held a Meet the Candidates event Wednesday evening, giving the community an opportunity to hear from the candidates running in the Huron County auditor and commissioner’s races. More than 50 people turned out for the event.

Regardless of who gets elected, Moffatt said the important thing is that people turn out to at least vote for somebody.

Norwalk’s Pat McDonald agreed. While she said she feels voting is important, she respects others’ decision on the matter.

“I think it’s very important — that’s why I came (to the candidates night event),” McDonald said. “I wanted to be able to show that I care about what’s happening and to hear about what’s happening. ... I don’t want to hear people say, ‘Why did this happen and why did that happen?’ People don’t vote so they don’t understand.”

On Nov. 6, incumbent Roland Tkach, a Democrat, will face Republican opponent Tom Dunlap in the auditor’s race, while incumbent Commissioner Joe Hintz, a Republican, is challenged by Democrat Melissa James and Independent candidate Bob Morgan.

“Voting is very important as far as I’m concerned. I have friends (who) don’t vote. But that’s everyone’s prerogative. If they don’t want to vote, that’s fine. … I vote because it’s important to me,” McDonald said.

Jack Riley, of Norwalk, said he believes it’s crucial to be “well informed on the issues” and to vote. 

Moffatt she feels it’s vital too to get the younger generation involved because they’re “going to run this world.”

“I took my grandson with me last time. He was 8 at the time,” she said. “I let him put the ballot in to give him an idea (of what it’s like to vote). I think that’s very important.”

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