In the 2002 general election, voter turnout in Washington County was 53.26 percent. Of 70,090 registered voters, 37,327 people voted.
That means that 32,763 citizens didn't bother to go to the polls - and those were the registered voters!
Washington County can do better, and with the help of four local organizations, the 2006 elections could see a surge in local people going to the polls.
The Washington County chapter of the League of Women Voters, Hagerstown Community College, The Herald-Mail and Antietam Cable are joining forces to provide citizens with as much information as possible.
Working together, the four will produce a series of candidate forums at HCC'S Kepler Theater on Aug. 16 and 17 (prior to the primary) and on Oct. 18 and 19 (prior to the general election).