Thank you for voting

With 43.14 percent of the voters in Mecosta County heading to the polls on Tuesday, this week’s election turnout tied the last midterm election.

In 2010, voter turnout also was
43.14 percent. In 2012, voter turnout was
62.53 percent, but it’s not unusual for more people to head to the polls for a presidential election.

Participating in elections is one of the most direct ways to make sure your voice — and your values — are represented in our local, state and national government. 

We may not be growing our voter participation, but at least we aren’t losing, either. As people move in and out of the county over the past four years, we have a stable number of folks who do their duty and cast their ballots.

That’s a good thing. 

But not all who are eligible participated. To the people who didn’t bother, shame on you. You need to do better next time — for your own sake as well as everyone else’s.

Your opinions do matter. Your voice should be heard.

For everyone who took time out of their day to head to their polling location, and for those who filled out and returned absentee ballots in advance, we say thank you.

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