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LEAVE NO TRACE — Heather Vivian from Respect Marquette County educates on the impacts of outdoor recreation as part of the organizations mission of protecting natural resources.
Leave No Trace 101 workshop promotes protecting natural resources
Benjamin Bures December 1, 2023

It’s your right to vote: Use it!


Living in society today, you hear a lot of people talking about change. Well, there’s one way that every person can make that change: go vote.

It’s become too easy for many people to sit back and complain about what’s going on in the world around them, but they never do anything about it.

Voting is a right.

Voting is a duty.

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Go out and do something to make an impact and be a part of the change that you want to see. We didn’t always have this right and we can’t afford to ignore it. It is important for us to show gratitude for those who fought for our right to vote by acting upon it and going through the process. 

On Nov. 5, Marquette will undergo an election for city commissioner. And not just here, but elections are happening all around us all the time.

Not knowing how the process works, who’s running or how to get your paperwork in is not an excuse to not express your right. 

It’s important to do your research into the election itself, who is running and why. Keep in mind that, often, local elections will have a bigger impact on you than, say, the presidential election, because the changes being made around you would hit you first than a decision made federally.

A common misconception exists that one may think their single vote doesn’t contribute to the majority and the outcome, but imagine if everyone thought that way, and what could have made a difference, didn’t.

College students should remember that in the past, some paid with their lives to allow students of today to exercise the right to vote, so we should take this seriously.

The Marquette County City Clerk office is located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. Call 228-0430, or email the office at

If you still wish to complain after an election that didn’t go your way, you can at least say you did your part. That, in and of itself, is winning.

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