OUR VIEW – Vote: This is an important election year

Elections like the one we are having this year are often referred to as “off-year” elections because there are no statewide or federal candidates on the ballot. But the truth is, local elections are crucial and often have a bigger impact on our day-to-day lives than who we send to Columbus or Washington.

This year, voters in Hillsboro, Greenfield, Lynchburg, Leesburg, Mowrystown and other communities and townships across Highland County will decide important races. Depending on where you live, there are contests for mayor, council, school board, township trustee and township clerk. The winners of these contests will help determine the direction of our towns, our school districts and our county.

The winners will be in a position to help decide whether taxes are raised, how public services are delivered, the direction of our children’s education, and how our public facilities, streets and roads are maintained. They are usually the first place that a phone call is made by residents, property owners and business proprietors when problems arise or opportunities present themselves.

For those who have not already voted early, polling places across Highland County will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. A complete list of polling locations can be found at the Highland County Board of Elections website, www.highlandcountyelections.com. (In Hillsboro, for the first time in a General Election, all city voters will cast ballots at one location, the Hillsboro Church of Christ.)

The weather forecast for Tuesday couldn’t be better – sunny with a high of 73. Take the time to visit the polls and cast your ballot. Make your voice heard this election.