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All votes matter; exercise your right

With no presidential race, no county commissioner or sheriff race and no county-wide issues on the ballot in Washington County, early voter turnout for next week’s election has been a little low.

It’s understandable but we would still encourage every county resident to exercise their right to vote.

Marietta voters have some critical things to consider at the ballot box, including a three-way mayor’s race and a city council contest in the third ward.

Belpre voters likewise have a contested council match and a mayor’s race.

But outside the city, there is also much of importance.

The Marietta City Schools levy that would fund the construction of new schools on a single campus will be voted on by the entire district, which extends beyond the city of Marietta. The outcome of this issue is one that will have long-term impacts for the community, whether or not your household has students in school.

New Matamoras has a new levy on the ballot, Lowell’s mayor race is contested and there are several fire and emergency levies to be voted on throughout the county.

There are also quite a few contested township trustee races. Even if this is the only thing you’ll get to vote on this time around, it’s worth it. The people we put in these positions will be making important decisions for us that affect our communities and quality of life.

There are still plenty of opportunities to vote before Election Day on Tuesday. The Washington County Board of Elections will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. If none of those times work, polling places on Election Day will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This may not be the most exciting election cycle, but your voice still matters.

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