The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

June 4, 2013

Get out and vote

Municipal elections just as important as those at higher levels

— While there may not be as much hoopla attached, the municipal elections today across West Virginia in towns small and not so small are just as important as their state and national brethren.

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. today in Ansted, Meadow Bridge, Quinwood, Ronceverte and Sophia and will remain open until 7:30 p.m.

We want to remind citizens of those towns to vote. It is your right as an American — and the direction your home town moves depends on it.

An old adage applies, no matter how trite it may be. If you don’t vote, don’t complain about those who are in office.

In the case of Meadow Bridge this election cycle, there is what could be a more important question on the ballot — whether the town should create a new police department.

A town hall employee said in discussions that some people wanted police coverage, others did not. So, the question was put on today’s ballot to decide once and for all.

That is an important question, we believe, and there should be more than a handful of citizens who make the decision.

More municipal elections will be June 11, ranging from some large towns like Lewisburg to Thurmond — the least populated incorporated town in the state.

Big or small, all elections are important. Everyone should want to have a say about who drives the policies and activities of the town where he or she lives.

Even if there isn’t a lot of hoopla.