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Hunt. Fish. Trap. Vote August 7th.

August 1st, 2012

Michigan’s Primary Election is on August 7th, only 6 short days away.

Are you ready to vote?

The primary election is when each political party chooses which candidate will represent the party in the November general election. Voter turn-out is typically much lower for the primary election that the general because voters must choose to vote within one party only. You are NOT allowed to split your ballot by voting for candidates from both parties like you can in the general election.

But this does not mean you should steer clear of the primary election. Many times, the primary election is the most important election in town.

In many districts with dominant Republican or Democrat bases, whoever wins the primary election becomes the default winner of the general election. If you wait until the general election to vote, you’re already behind the eight ball, and most likely have lost the opportunity to make a meaningful choice. It’s up for debate whether that’s right or wrong, but that’s the way it is.

More candidates mean more choices and more opportunity to find and select a candidate who shares our traditions and ideals of hunting, fishing, trapping, and the outdoors.

Even elections for House of Representatives or township and county office can get lost in the bluster and news-swamp that is a presidential election. However, these smaller offices can be some of the most important when it comes to protecting your rights to hunt, fish, trap and shoot.

How many of you know if you have a township or county official who is anti-shooting range? How many have a state representative or senator who is anti-hunting? They are out there.

If you’re not sure who is running and where you even go to vote, the Michigan Secretary of State website can help you track down this information.

Click here: Michigan Voter Information Center

Click the link above and type in your name, date of birth, and zip code (or driver’s license) – and voila. All the information you need to be able to vote will be at your fingertips. It’s confidential, so don’t worry – no one will know or make fun of you if you don’t even know if you are registered to vote, don’t know which district you live in, or haven’t the slightest idea of where to go to vote.   

Will you help pick the candidate with a pro-outdoor background and a strong conservation ethic? Or will you let others choose for you?   

Remember to vote August 7th.

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