Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

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.

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