Our View: Register to vote, get informed

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”

Those words from President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 hold true today as we embark on another election cycle in Centre County.

A key part of our mission at the Centre Daily Times is to inform and educate, so that the cornerstones of democracy — we, the people — can choose wisely.

We can’t choose wisely if we don’t vote. And we can’t vote if we don’t register.

Therefore, a reminder:

The last day to register for the May 19 primary election is Monday.

The primary will include key races for county sheriff and register of wills. Dozens of other seats also are up for grabs in townships, boroughs and school districts.

Registration forms are available at the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, and at most banks, post offices, municipal offices and libraries. Or you can download a form at centrecountypa.gov.

The form must be submitted at the county election office or postmarked no later than April 20. If you have questions about voter registration or other election issues, call the election office at 355-6703.

Once you’re registered, it’s time to educate yourself on the issues. We are here to help. The Centre Daily Times offers the most comprehensive coverage of issues across the many municipalities of Centre County. In addition, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, we will publish an election guide in print and online next month.

Although it’s an “off-year” election, no election is more important — the issues that will be handled by the winning candidates will hit where it matters most: close to home.

So we urge you to be an educated and informed elector, and not regret sitting out this chance to determine your future.

For, as President Abraham Lincoln put it: “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”