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Editorial: Nov. 8, 2011

ISSUE: Voter turnout
OUR VIEW: County's influence on the line

Hardin County can gain the attention of the entire state today. It’s going to take cooperation from motivated individuals to make it happen.

And you have to take action before 6 p.m.

This is Election Day. Six statewide races are being conducted and, generally, the general election is being overlooked.

Campaign watchers anticipate a voter turnout of less than 30 percent. Some predictions are even more stark, saying as many as three of every four registered voters will ignore the polls.

What if Hardin County bucks the trend?

A 50 percent local turnout or even a more dramatic 70 to 75 percent figure would register like an earthquake on the political Richter scale. The message to every office holder and any office seeker would be clear: Hardin County matters.

While the state’s electorate ignores these vital contests for auditor, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner and even governor, Hardin County can demonstrate its devotion to duty and community pride by voting today en masse.

If it happens, we’ll be the talk of the state Wednesday morning.

Where does the effort begin? With your vote.

If you stay home, it sends a totally different message of indifference and disinterest.

You can go an extra step as well. Call five friends and urge them to vote. Start a little peer-pressure telephone chain. Maybe someone needs a prod to get them off the couch and into a voting booth. Maybe they just need a ride to the polls.

In today’s fractured political world, this clearly is a bipartisan issue. Democrats and Republicans, Tea Party Patriots and independent issue groups all promote the importance of voting. It’s a universal belief that began with the Revolution and has been protected for generations by America’s armed forces. It’s up to us to do our part now.

Let’s shock the state and establish Hardin County’s premier position as a community that cares about citizenship and good government.

Time is running out. This opportunity ends at 6 p.m. when the polls close.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.