Presidential races still attract voters

No matter what your opinion may be of the results of this year’s presidential election, the one thing on which we can agree is it got voters to the polls.

In an election when many of our elected officials continued to move to the right, the number of those participating also moved, jumping from the 30-40 percent range we’ve seen in many of the past elections to the 50-70 percent range, depending on where you look.

In Ohio, 70.42 percent of the 65,627 registered voters in Columbiana County took part in the Nov. 8 election. That’s just a little bit better the 69.32 percent turnout across the state as reported by the secretary of state’s office.

In West Virginia, Hancock County saw 51.53 percent go to the ballot box. Compare that to turnouts of 33 percent during the 2014 midterm elections. That was said to have been West Virginia’s lowest election participation since at least 1950, so its a good thing to see such an increase in the Mountain State.

Presidential races, however, seem to always make the difference, and, for that at least, we are glad to see such an improvement in these local statistics.

It is important for citizens to participate in the voting process. It is one of the main ways in our nation that people can have a voice in their governmental process.

That voice can be heard better when more people are willing to step forward and mark their choices while helping to determine those who will represent us on the nation’s stage.