Editor, Ceres Courier,
I am so grateful to see that Measure S passed so overwhelmingly. It extends the sales tax surcharge to support the Stanislaus County Library system for the next 12 years. Now we can maintain what is in place and still plan for more services into the next decade or so. The Ceres branch of the county library system will be operating for a long time into the future.
I am sorry to see that this election had such a poor turnout of registered voters. And most of those were of the mail ballot kind. Yes, this was an off-year election, but this was an extremely very poor turnout of registered voters.
Most voters who mail in ballots tend to do so early on. Measure S was promoted very well indeed, but the mailers I got arrived two weeks after I mailed in my ballot. I can only imagine that there were thousands who were like me and received their campaign literature long after the ballots were mailed in. All of that maybe had an effect on those much later voters. The timing was sure off and a waste in campaign dollars.
Voter public opinion for the library system was, of course, supportive even before Measure S was put up for a countywide vote. I would like to thank all of the voters who voted yes on Measure S.
We need to vote in every election to keep our local and area democracy decisions made by the ballot box count for something. Failure to participate means someone else will make the decisions for you and you may not like it.