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Editorial: Let's make high turnout a habit

Whatever the results of Tuesday's election in Farmington, no matter who is happy and who is sad, there is one thing that seems remarkably clear: The results, at least locally, are a good indication of what Farmington residents wanted.

Everybody should be happy about that.

According to reports from city employees, there were long lines much of the day at polling places, and large numbers of absentee ballots. People turned out in force, and they waited around to cast their vote even in gray and rainy weather.

That is to be expected, perhaps, in an election of this magnitude. Voters who went to the polls on Tuesday chose their next President, always a big draw on election day, but they also voted on a pair of proposed constitutional amendments that have been drawing attention and causing vigorous debate for more than a year.

So, sure, maybe a big turnout was to be expected. But that doesn't diminish the importance of the fact so many were willing to take time out of their day to do their civic duty. We have seen plenty of elections, even elections with some significant local issues, that failed to draw a significant turnout.

If a government is truly to be a representation of the people who select it, it is vital that those people show up. This year, it appears, they have. Turnout at the polls was good, and it seems, at least from our perspective, that more people are talking about the election after the fact.

We're happy to see that. We hope it is a sign of an increased enthusiasm among potential voters. Let's hope as many people come out to the polls next year when the issues on the ballot are less significant.

Everyone can benefit from that.