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School board voting is easy and important

May 10, 2019

There is lots of discussion about making voting easier to engage more people in the democratic process.

For the Cape Henlopen school board election set for next Tuesday, May 14, voting could hardly be easier. All residents of Cape Henlopen School District 18 years old or older are eligible to vote.

No registration is required. Only identification and proof of residency in the district is required.

Voters can cast their ballots between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Mariner Middle School in Milton, Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes and Rehoboth Elementary School, Rehoboth Beach. While candidates must reside in various areas of the district to seek a seat, all district voters may cast votes in all three races.

In this year’s election, voters can hardly make a mistake in their choices. The candidates running for three seats are as strong a field as we’ve seen in many years.

All six candidates are solid citizens with a wide variety of experience and education. They bring diverse backgrounds, but are bound by a sincere interest in the welfare of the school district and its thousands of students and teachers.

For a comprehensive view of all six, readers can open https://admin.capegazette.com/article/six-candidates-three-seats-cape-school-board/179391, a fine synopsis of qualifications and candidates’ opinions about the district’s most pressing issues and how to address them, orind a print edition of last Friday’s paper or look in the News section of capegazette.com.

The candidates have been working hard to get their views out, to meet constituents, and to attend and participate in a number of candidate forums. Now it’s up to the voters. Candidates have devoted many hours of their time to be involved in trying to make our schools better. They have pledged their commitment to serve countless more hours attending meetings and being prepared to engage constructively to set policies.

The least we as voters can do is take 30 minutes to get to the polls and show that we are interested in our schools. It couldn’t be easier and couldn’t be more important. The future well-being of our communities depends on well-educated citizens.

 

  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, publisher emeritus, and Laura Ritter, news editor, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; Nick Roth, sports editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.