It may seem only weeks ago we voted in the May elections, but the time has come once again for Harrison County residents to stand up, be counted and let their voices be heard.

We understand the pressure of other obligations and the fatigue from the never-ending voting cycle that can sometimes set in, but it is important to remember the importance of your vote.

But no matter the election season, it is our duty to get out to vote.

But 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.

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.

As 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, continuing on our own momentum by showing up in force as early voting begins Monday, Oct. 22, continuing through Friday, Nov. 2 and into Election Day on Nov. 6.

Any residents still undecided have another shot at hearing the candidates speak as the Marshall-Harrison County League of Women Voters host a candidate forum, on Thursday, Oct. 18, featuring candidates for county judge and Pct 2 county commissioner. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the historic 1901 Harrison County Courthouse, in downtown Marshall.

We hope many of our fellow Harrison County residence join us there as questions are posed to the candidates as we become informed voters together. We also hope to see you out at the polls as we cast our ballots in order to ensure Harrison County remains the well-governed county it has been for well over a century.

Your vote always makes a difference.