Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 17, 2014

OUR VIEW: Take advantage of opportunity to cast vote


Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — In recent weeks, following the deaths of public servants such as Ernest Franklin and Bobby Travis, we wrote about the importance of community involvement. With that in mind, here’s a reminder that Monday is the deadline for Kentuckians to register to vote in the May primary.

Voting, after all, is probably the quickest and easiest way to effect change in our communities. The excuses for failing to vote are plentiful, but rarely reasonable.

Voter turnout in Barren County for the 2012 primary election was a meager 16.6 percent, according to the State Board of Elections. While that was better than the state turnout of 13.9 percent, neither number is worth cheering about. Obviously, primary elections – even in presidential years – lack the drama of general elections, but they are still vital pieces of the democratic system. Ignoring primaries is a disservice to the community, because it leaves only a relatively small segment of the population to shape the remainder of the political season.

In addition to a high-profile U.S. Senate race, there are important local races on Barren County’s primary ballot next month – Glasgow mayor, Barren County judge-executive, Barren County sheriff, for example – that should, in theory, draw Barren Countians to the polls in greater numbers.

We hope that’s the case. The general election figures to be a key moment for our county, and voters deserve choices in November that were endorsed in May by as much of the electorate as possible.

We understand that the temptation to sit out the primary is strong, but we hope voters remember that skipping the polls now only weakens the process later.