Turnout in Somerton's recent primary election was better than in previous years, but still not good: 22 percent.
It's been said voter participation in Yuma County is better when a U.S. presidential race is part of the ballot. I think that statement is accurate, but the logic behind those kinds of voting patterns is flawed.
Local leaders can have as much effect on your basic quality of life as the president. If you want something done about the stray cats and dogs roaming in your neighborhood, you'll get better results calling a county supervisor or city council member than the White House.
The high(er) turnout in Somerton was attributed to a feisty mayoral race, as well as to the fact both candidates for the post are longtime, well-known residents of the community.
If that's the case, we can expect high turnout for mayoral and council races in Yuma later this year, given the contentiousness of Yuma politics lately.