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Editor’s Notebook: Get out and vote in the primary

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:06 a.m. CDT

Informed about the candidates? Knowledgeable about local referendum efforts? Know where your precinct is located?

Tuesday marks the primary election, and – if past trends hold true – a concerningly small percentage of registered voters will cast ballots March 18.

Primary elections might not be as glitzy and glamorous as general elections where voters get to determine who will be our next president, but they are just as important.

Primaries are where the best Republican and Democratic candidates are chosen to go head to head in November in their respective races.

And there are some great local races to be aware of during this election cycle.

The Republican race for Kane County sheriff features Lt. Kevin Williams and retired Lt. Don Kramer. Both have decades of law enforcement experience under their belts.

But there also are races for Kane County clerk, the state legislature, Illinois governor and U.S. Congress, among others.

To bone up on the candidates, visit the Kane County Chronicle’s Election Central website at www.kcchronicle.com/election-central.

And to learn where you can cast your ballot – and get other election-related information – visit the Kane County Clerk’s Office website at www.co.kane.il.us/COC.

Finally, Kane County voters who observe voting problems or irregularities during the primary should call the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office at 630-208-5328 to report the issues. The Election Complaint Line will be available from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• Kathy Gresey is editor of the Kane County Chronicle and president of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kgresey@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at http://ninaonline.org.

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