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Published November 11 2012

Forum editorial: Election workers win roses

Prairie roses: To the army of precinct workers who helped Tuesday’s elections in Minnesota and North Dakota run smoothly. With very few exceptions, things went well, and returns came in shortly after polls closed. Of special note, Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir and his elections staff did another outstanding job in North Dakota’s most populous county. That effort included three early voting places that operated efficiently and proved to be very popular among the county’s voters. Voting has come a long way since the paper ballot and wooden lockbox. Election officials have not only kept up but often have been leaders in making the voting responsibility easier for North Dakotans and Minnesotans.

Prairie roses: To the voters of Cass County who soundly rejected an astonishingly foolish attempt by a few Pleasant Township residents to leave Cass and annex to Richland County. The vote in Cass was 63 percent against the stunt. Backers of the idea were (are) miffed because they say their objections to the Red River diversion project have been ignored or dismissed by the Cass County Commission. They believe the Richland commission would be friendlier to their cause. But in the end, whether the township was in Cass or Richland would have no appreciable effect on the diversion but would have detrimental consequences to taxpayers in both counties. The outcome last Tuesday was a good one.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.