If you are the prototypical Eastern Oregonian, you’re plenty busy. You may have missed the May voting ballot delivered to your door, or just plum forgot about it in a jumble of paperwork on a desk.

And while there is still time to return it, we recommend you dig through that stack of “important things,” grab a pen and pull that ballot out right now.

It’s a pretty light slate, and depending on where you live you might have just a few races to weigh in on. But in these off-cycle elections, your voice carries even more weight that usual.

The issue that has gotten the most ink this voting cycle is a BMCC bond, which voters clear across Umatilla and Morrow counties will decide the fate of.

Our editorial board came out in support of the bond earlier this year, but the ballot is your chance to make up your own mind.

There are plenty of other things to consider from city issues in Hermiston to a schools levy in Pendleton.

Eight local cemetery districts are looking to fill open positions, a job many candidates are dying to win. (Ba-dum-pah!) Six local water control districts have seats they are looking fill. It’s the same for ten service districts, ten fire districts and 12 school districts.

Some have people filed for open or challenged positions, but many do not. Write-in candidates are the norm in smaller, less-controversial posts, so talk to your neighbors.

Ballots are due by May 19, but why procrastinate? Take this weekend to do your civic duty and help make good decisions for our region.

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