If you feel somewhat unprepared for the Nov. 6 elections, you have time to rectify the situation.

And, a series of upcoming candidate forums – all scheduled for next week – will give you the perfect opportunity to do just that.

The local chambers of commerce are getting behind the effort to educate our voters, and we all get to benefit from their organization of these forums.

-- First Circuit Court of Appeals judge and Lafourche Parish School Board candidates, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Lafourche Parish Government Complex, 4876 La. 1, Mathews.

-- Thibodaux City Council candidates, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nicholls State University Powell Auditorium.

-- Greater Lafourche Port Commission candidates, 5 p.m. Thursday, Lafourche Parish Government Complex, Mathews.

-- School Board candidate forum, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive, Houma.

A host of issues and candidates will greet voters on election day – or before election day for those who take advantage of early voting.

Take advantage of the chances you have to inform yourself about these important decisions. You want to do more than show up at the polls. You want to cast the best votes you can for yourself and your community.

This is an exciting time, one that challenges us as citizens. Do we care enough about participating in our government to learn about the issues and people rather than making hasty decisions in the voting booth?

These candidate forums are generally well-attended – a testament to the dedication and organization that goes into them and a nod to the desire on the part of our people to do their duty.

There are important issues that must be decided. From school board races to an appeals judgeship to statewide constitutional amendments, there is plenty to do between now and Nov. 6.

As always, the newspaper will do its part to help you sort through all the names and arguments. Read our coverage in the print edition or go online to houmatoday.com or dailycomet.com to keep up-to-date on the information you will want to use.

Our election process is fun, educational and entertaining. It allows us to take sides and debate. But most importantly, it gives us a voice in the government that represents us.

Please remember that as you work toward making your decisions on the ballot questions.


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