Early voting for the March 6 primary began Tuesday and while there have been about 20 voters so far in Washington County, it seems like many more aren't aware of the local issues.
We understand that it's a presidential election year and much of the attention and focus is going to that. But there are also important races to be decided for our area in the primary.
That includes two renewal levies in the Marietta City school district, another for Wolf Creek Local Schools, a levy in Marietta Township that would fund the Reno Volunteer Fire Department shifting to 24/7 squad service and a chance to decide the Republican candidate who will run in November for a Washington County Commission seat.
There are also state offices with contested primary races.
It doesn't matter whether residents take advantage of early voting to cast their ballots now or wait until the March 6 Election Day but it does matter if they vote.
It's sometimes easy to dismiss a primary but it's an important step in the election process, particularly when there are levies and contested races at stake.
We urge those in Washington County to learn about the issues and candidates here and remember to cast their vote.
And for those who aren't registered, it's not too late. Those who register with the Board of Elections through Monday can vote in the March primary.