EDITORIAL: Weigh in on Election Day

York Dispatch

Midterm elections typically don't get Americans too riled up. In fact, during the 2014 midterms, voter turnout was the lowest it had been since World War II, when many eligible American voters were overseas, fighting for our freedom and our rights, among them the right to vote.

So we should at least honor that sacrifice and the sacrifice of all Americans who have put their lives on the line so we could live — and participate — in this great democracy.

About 36 percent of Americans turned out to vote in 2014's midterms, and Yorkers were well below that at less than 20 percent. In fact, those we interviewed at the time said they would be thrilled to reach the 20 percent mark.

It's just not like Americans not to excel. So that kind of turnout is dismal — uncharacteristically so.

What is it about the elections — particularly the midterms — that brings about such malaise? Are we really just disenchanted to the point of disenfranchisement? That seems to be the excuse.

We get it. We understand why there are low approval ratings for Congress and why many citizens don't feel that their representatives truly represent them.

But on a more local level, the people we choose have an opportunity to make a significant impact.

And we should vote on local, state and national levels because those officials will make decisions regarding our rights and our money.

Don't think your vote doesn't matter. Don't think you can't make a difference. There are places in this world where we would not be allowed to cast our vote.

That's what makes America so great.

American citizens — Yorkers — stand up and be counted.