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Editor, Ceres Courier,

The 2016 election is critical for all levels of government - national, state and local. Make your voice heard. Vote on November 8.

In addition to the presidency of the United States, the November ballot includes contests for the U.S. Senate and Congress, California Assembly and some city councils and mayors. There are 17 state propositions to be decided as well as local tax and bond measures.

Become informed voters. Ads and mailings don't give the full story. The League of Women Voters encourages informed participation in government by preparing and distributing non-biased analyses of ballot measures with information about contributors to campaigns for candidates and propositions. Go to, click on the "Voter's Edge California" logo and follow the prompts.

In addition, LWV Stanislaus County is sponsoring candidate forums for 12th Assembly District, Turlock and Waterford city council elections and Yosemite Community College District Board as well as Pros and Cons presentations on the state propositions at MJC and CSUS. Go to for times and locations.

Tips for voting: register by Monday, October 24; sign and mail your vote-by-mail ballot by election day or drop it at a polling place; check your sample ballot for the location of your polling place.

Seena Rhine,
League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County

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