No matter who you supported or voted for, it was good to see a decent turnout for the Town of Hillsville’s General Election on May 6.
During the 2006 Hillsville General Election, the last to feature a mayoral race, only 243 voters cast their ballots in that particular contest. This year’s mayoral contest brought out nearly twice that amount as 469 ballots were cast, or about 36 percent of the eligible voters.
Granted, the 2006 election featured only one mayoral candidate in incumbent Randall Gravley, but nonetheless it was very exciting and refreshing to see many more Town citizens taking advantage of their right and privilege to vote.
Many senior citizens took time to vote last week and they are to be commended for making the effort to get out and practice democracy. That brings us to the next big local event as well over 200 seniors will graduate Saturday, May 17 from Carroll County High School. Many of those seniors will be 18 and eligible to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential election this November.
The Class of 2008 enters the real world at a tough time in which the costs of gasoline, groceries and higher education are soaring. Additional housing and credit crises continue to point to an inevitable national recession. All the above mentioned predicaments will undoubtedly affect this year’s graduating class, whether they realize it now or not. Hopefully, those that will turn 18 prior to this November’s election will register and cast a vote so that their opinions can be voiced as well.