Help available for those who missed '02 election

August 01, 2006

We're looking for about 30,000 good people. We know you're good folks because you registered to vote. But for some reason, you didn't make it to Washington County's polling places in 2002.

That year turnout in Washington County was 53.26 percent. Of 70,090 registered voters, 37,327 people voted and 32,763 didn't.

We've tried lectures and appeals to civic duty in the past, but they don't seem to motivate people. So this year, with the help of three partners, we're trying something different

The Washington County chapter of the League of Women Voters, Hagerstown Community College, The Herald-Mail and Antietam Cable are putting together four nights of political forums at Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.

They'll be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 16 and 17 (prior to the primary) and on Oct. 18 and 19 (prior to the general election).


Don't like to drive at night or do you find it difficult to get a babysitter?

No problem. The forums will be carried live on Antietam Cable TV.

Already have something on your calendar for one of those nights? You're in luck, because Antietam Cable will broadcast them more than once.

Here's what will happen:

On Wednesday, Aug. 16, the forums will be devoted to the 24 candidates running for Washington County Commissioners.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, the first hour will be devoted to the 10 candidates seeking seats on the Washington County Board of Education. Then, following brief remarks from the four running for Washington County State's Attorney, the rest of the second hour will be devoted to candidates for sheriff and for Maryland state delegate District 2C.

The schedule for the October forums will be released later.

In addition to the forums themselves, there will be news coverage in The Herald-Mail and on our Web site at

Want something you can take along and read? In late October, The Herald-Mail will also publish a voters' guide.

Could it be any simpler? We're not sure The Herald-Mail and its partners could do any more than we're already planning to do.

But at some point, citizens have to decide that the issues are important enough to spend some time learning about the candidates. The Herald-Mail and its partners are doing a great deal to inform citizens. All we ask of them is that they pay attention and vote.

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