While the general election of 2013 doesn't have the heat and light and attention and big spending of a presidential or congressional race, it is still an important election.
Voters have, in elections such as this one, the opportunity to make a real impact on the level that impacts their lives the most: In their municipal and township governments, on their school boards and with tax levies.
We hold out no illusion that most voters will head to the polls. In prior elections during off-years such as 2013, turnout has fallen well below 50 percent.
But at least it means there are people who do understand that any election is a chance to make their voices heard.
As Caroline Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America in Arlington, Va., wrote on Constitution Day earlier this year, ''... the cornerstone of our democracy is the unique privilege and responsibility of every citizen to be engaged through voting, public offices, representation in Congress and myriad other ways.''
There are 29 contested races in Trmbull County today. There are 116 candidates in those races. Trumbull County voters also face 22 tax issues, including 11 requests for additional money, and two charter amendments.
A lot of attention will be centered on the biggest population centers - boards of education races in Warren and Niles, a township trustees race in Howland. But in a couple smaller areas - Bazetta and Champion - controversial issues have made it difficult for voters to distinguish between what is pre-election hype, election smear and what really matters in the race.
It's easy to gripe on social media or in the coffee shop about what's wrong, but those complaints carry a different weight when they come from people who bothered to express their opinions at the polls.
It's up to you to take advantage of opportunities to be engaged. If you haven't done so already, cast your ballot today between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
You do make a difference.