Every election, no matter the race, voter turnout always seems to be a topic of discussion. By now we've become accustomed to the news of low turnout to the point that is not news any longer.
This week, the Harrison County Elections Board reported early voting numbers just below 800, meaning 2 percent of the county's 43,000 registered voters got out to vote – even less than the 1,843 registered voters that turned out in 2015, the last constitutional amendment election.
Some will readily point to the fact that these amendments are the only things of note on the ballots as the reason for low turnout, as even Harrison County Elections Administrator Mike McMurry admits that constitutional amendment elections, historically, have a lower voter turnout.
But despite the lack flashiness or personality of amendment elections it is still our duty to get out to vote. It has become trite to stress the importance of voting by pointing to the blood spilled to earn and keep the right or to even list the times when a paltry amount of votes made the difference.
But being residents of Texas, we know the importance of voting. After all, it was by the thin margin of only two votes that allowed our state into the Union in 1845 as Senator Henry Johnson of Louisiana changed his vote, allowing the annexation to pass 27-25.
Being residents of Harrison County, we have also proved in the past that we will show up and vote in force, with around 30 percent of registered voters showing up for the primaries alone in 2016.
So let's make a habit of it, by showing up in force on Nov. 7 for election day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Poll locations include the Hallsville Volunteer Fire Department, Marshall Convention Center, Waskom sub-courthouse and the Harleton, Woodlawn and T.J. Taylor Community Centers. Your vote always makes a difference.