Today is Nov. 6, 2012 - election day. It is an important day, and one that could be a historical day in our country.
We urge all registered voters to perform their patriotic duty. Get out there and vote.
It doesn't matter what political party you follow. What matters is you take advantage of your right to vote. Many around the world don't have such privileges and many have died in attempting to gain the right to vote.
You have the opportunity. Exercise it.
There are many races and issues beyond selecting the President of the United States.
In these races, you can make a difference. These are the people who will lead our areas, and you, the voter, deserve the right to put the right person in office.
In both Columbiana and Hancock counties, voters are being asked to select a sheriff and county commissioners.
The positions of recorder and treasurer are up for election in Columbiana County.
In Ohio, area voters will select a state representative, the 6th district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a judge for the 7th district court of appeals. They also will see two state issues.
Area West Virginia voters will be asked to select two delegates and their state senator, as well as representation to the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. Other state races include governor, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer and attorney general. And a state issue concerning term limits is included.
East Liverpool has a road levy on the ballot; those in Liverpool Township and Salineville both will vote on police protection; St. Clair Township puts a levy before voters for fire protection; Wellsville voters have two levies, one dealing with fire protection and the other on floodwall maintenance; and liquor options will come before voters in Madison Township as well as two precincts in St. Clair Township.
Area West Virginia voters also will see a levy on the ballot concerning the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop.
Although this general election is important as we usher in a leader for our country, it also very important due the vast number of races and issues we have right here in our own backyard.
Again, we urge all registered voters to head to the polls today and make a difference.
Polls close at 7:30.