West Virginia residents will have an opportunity to let their voices be heard Tuesday when the state holds its primary election.
Hundreds of area residents already have cast their ballots as part of the early voting process allowed in the Mountain State, but Tuesday will be the last chance.
With so many offices up for grabs, this is an important election for our state and communities. It also is the year for a presidential election, meaning our decision while stepping up to that voting booth will contribute to the future of our nation. Even though West Virginia has one of the later primaries, it does not make our contribution to this process any less meaningful.
On top of that, we have many local races to decide, including seats on the boards of education in Hancock and Brooke counties, two members of the Brooke County Commission, both sheriffs and representatives of the House of Delegates and State Senate.
Hancock County residents also have a request to continue a levy that provides approximately $100,000 a year to the Hancock County Animal Shelter. The current levy will come to an end in less than two months after failing to pass last fall by only the slightest amount.
Voting is a chance for each of us to contribute to the future of our country. We urge you to take some time on Tuesday and cast your ballot.
Whatever party affiliation you may have, and whatever you may think about the candidates, the important thing for all of us it to make use of this opportunity to go to the polls and cast your vote.
Locate your polling station and take the time to go in and place your checks on the ballot.
Voting is among our most important duties as citizens of this nation. It also is among those we tend to take most for granted.
We urge you to go to the polls and let your voice be heard.