Opinion

Low turnout for election

Maybe the pitiful turnout in Tuesday's Rock Hill City Council election was predictable. After all, only one of the three races on the ballot was officially contested.

But even in that race, slightly fewer than 4 percent of eligible voters in Ward 2 bothered to cast ballots. Incumbent Kathy Pender earned 243 votes to challenger Rodney Deason's 34.

In Ward 3, incumbent Kevin Sutton got 133 votes to overcome a write-in challenge from Vince Blackwell. Write-in candidates earned 23 votes in that race.

And political newcomer Susie Hinton, whose name was not on the ballot because she was unopposed, will be declared the winner of the Ward I seat. She will succeed Winston Searles, who died in August at age 85.

Despite the apparent lack of interest this election generated, we are grateful to all those who ran, winners and losers alike. They stepped up, willing to serve, and volunteered time and money to this campaign. All conducted themselves with dignity and respect for the needs of the public.

While the small turnout and the dearth of challengers in this election may reflect apathy on the part of voters, it also may well reflect voter satisfaction with the way city government is run. Voters, however, might have expressed their satisfaction more clearly by taking the time to cast a ballot.

In any event, those who stayed away from the polls Tuesday should heed the old saying: If you didn't take the trouble to vote, don't complain about the outcome.

We're grateful to all those who put their names forward as candidates in this election.

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