Tuesday’s Washington County Board of Supervisor’s meeting should have impressed upon all the attendants how important voting is.
Three board members who refused to even consider discussing one of the most contentious decisions the board has made in the last year — removing a local engineer firm after 30 years for a firm out of Jackson — proved they don’t have to listen to a large constituency.
It’s not for the reason many think.
It’s because they were not elected by extremely large constituencies.
None of our elected supervisors received as many as 2,000 votes. Less than 30% of our electorate turned out to vote.
This is what happens when such a small part of the population is deciding the outcome of elections.
The die has now been cast by the current board of supervisors. It seems now amount of wailing or gnashing of teeth will affect a concern from some of the members.
The remedy is the ballot booth.
We need to make our leaders answerable to as many people in the community as possible.
We need for everyone to make their opinion heard on election day.
Because only then will your opinion matter on the days after.