The Curry Coastal Pilot

Political signs are popping up along roadsides and on vehicles. Mailboxes are filling up with campaign literature. The TV, radio and newspapers are jammed with political ads. The Pilot's pages are filled with political letters to the editor.

Yes, it's election season-a time for U.S. citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

Ballots for the Nov. 2 General Election will begin arriving in Curry County mailboxes as early as today and through next week. The county clerk must receive the ballots-by mail or in one of several drop boxes-by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Postmarks don't count. (See "Ballot" story on Page xA of today's issue for more information.)

At the state level, Curry County residents will decide contested races for seats on the U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, state representative, treasurer and governor.

They will also vote on state ballot measures such as:

andbull;Measure 74, which establishes a medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs;

andbull;Measure 73, which requires increased minimum sentences for those convicted of certain repeated sex crimes, and incarceration for those convicted of repeated driving under the influence charges.

At the local level, Curry County voters will decide between Dave Itzen or Lucie La Bontandeacute; for Curry County Commission.

Citizens will also vote on Measure 8-66, which establishes a five-year local option tax for Curry County law enforcement services.

There are many candidates and measures to consider, but we must resist apathy and give each one our consideration-and decision.

Remember, you are voting on individuals and issues that will impact us all for years to come.

Choose wisely.