You hold the power: Be sure to vote today

While the general election of 2013 doesn’t have the heat and light and attention and big spending of a presidential or congressional race, it is still an important election.

Voters have, in elections such as this one, the opportunity to make a real impact on the level that impacts their lives the most: In their municipal and township governments, school boards and on tax levies.

We hold out no illusion that most voters will head to the polls. In prior elections during off years such as 2013, turnout has fallen well below 50 percent. At least it means there are people who do understand that any election is a chance to make their voice heard.

Locally, there are contested races in races for Marietta city council, city treasurer, and city schools. Elsewhere in the county there are additional contested races for school board and city offices, as well as offices in various villages and townships. The Frontier school district is asking its voters to approve a school levy.

It’s up to voters to be educated about the candidates and issues that will appear on their ballot. They can do so by checking the Washington County Board of Elections web site or our web site, www.mariettatimes.com, where we’ve posted our ongoing coverage of election issues and candidates leading up to today.

It’s easy to gripe on social media or in the coffee shop about what’s wrong, but those complaints carry a different weight when they come from someone who bothered to express their opinion at the polls.

If you haven’t done so already, cast your ballot today. Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and stay open until 7:30 p.m.

You do make a difference.