The Standard Examiner reported the dismal voter turnout of 5 to 10 percent of registered voters in the local municipal elections (Sept. 3, "Low voter turnout troubling; officials hope to improve numbers"). Perhaps contributing factors were a lack of information on the political positions of the candidates, recently reported infighting between mayors and city council members in several municipalities and negative campaigning.
Those who feel inclined to resort to negative campaigning (mud-slinging) rather than focusing on the issues and personal qualifications will not be receiving my vote regardless of their qualifications. I invite other voters to also refuse to support such antics by not voting for those whose major campaign focus seems to be that of disparaging an opposing candidate.
We, the voters, need to do our part to let those who run for public office know that we will not support such incivility.
Lynn W. Call