Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

June 23, 2014

Vote today

Your vote in primary election truly does count

Cumberland — Casting a vote today — Primary Election Day — is not only a privilege and a right. It is a duty that none of us should take lightly.

A lot is at stake, even during a primary election. The cast will be set today for the final vote in November.

The four Republican candidates for Allegany County commissioner will be whittled down to three. Only two Democrats are candidates for that office, and both will move on to the general election.

There are two Republican candidates for the District 1-C delegate position. One will be on the November ballot, as will the lone Democratic candidate.

Seven candidates are running for the Allegany County Board of Education. Six of them will be on the general election ballot, and three will be selected.

Too many times voter turnout in Maryland and across the nation is a disappointment. With early voting options now offered before Election Day, absentee ballot availability and lengthy polling hours on Election Day itself, registered voters have scant excuse for not casting a ballot.

Early voting in Allegany County proved to be a disappointment, with our turnout being tied with Washington County for the lowest percentage in the state.

Only 1.55 percent of the 42,000 registered Allegany County  residents voted. That included 276 Democrats, 366 Republicans, 13 unaffiliated voters and two voters affiliated with other parties.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Vote today, because your ballot really does count. Numerous elections have been decided — even here — by one vote.

If you are a registered voter, you have a chance to influence your county’s future for the next few years. You have a privilege that countless people around the world would love to have, and many Americans have paid a high price to keep it for us.

We urge you to take advantage of it.

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Preposterous Preposterous

    File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 20, 1969 July 20, 1969

    When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stopgap

    Kicking the can down the road was one of the things American kids did to pass the time in the old days, particularly if they lived in rural areas where there was little traffic to contend with.

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryland on target to meet 2025 bay restoration goals

    July 16, 2014

  • Tough luck Tough luck

    The state has for a second time declined to help Allegany County get federal flood recovery funds in the wake of the June 12 storm.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heard it all Heard it all

    Pesky thing, this requirement that political candidates file campaign finance reports.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo