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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Don’t be one of the 80 percent

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In DuPage County, there are a little more than 600,000 registered voters. In April’s Consolidated Election, approximately 20 percent of these registered voters cast a ballot.

I often talk with people who take great pride in saying they are not political. In fact, it happens more and more often these days. This is a shame. Political apathy is destructive. Your choices or the choices of others without your engagement have an impact on everyone’s bottom line and quality of life. Political apathy is the point where poor leaders can get elected and bad policy happens when we aren’t paying attention-merge.

Here in Illinois, it seems like we only have brief breaks between election cycles. It’s hard to believe that coming off the April Consolidated elections, we are just a few short months from petition season. Most of us are focused on the summer, on family, and getting ready for a new school year. The last thing on our radar is the fact that another election is looming. And this begins with petitions.

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Petition season is important. This allows people who want to serve in elected office the chance to qualify to run for that office. Potential candidates will be coming to your door to ask you for your signature on their petition. Answer the door. Ask the relevant questions.

If you are so inclined, sign the petition. Signing costs you nothing. Not engaging in any way has the potential to cost everything. Don’t be one of the 80 percent who chooses to not get involved.

Be sure to watch for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Election Resource page. This page is accessible to everyone and will contain the most up-to-date election information for Naperville residents. You can count on us to highlight the candidates and our current elected officials.

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Beth Goncher
Beth Goncherhttp://naperville.net
Beth Goncher wrote this column for Naperville Chamber of Commerce Director of Government Affairs. She can be reached at bethgoncher@gmail.com or (630) 777-1577.

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