Grovetown voters made three good choices in Tuesday's election: They re-elected Bruce Stoddard to city council, gave George James back his old council seat, and voted overwhelmingly to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
But as an exercise in democracy, Tuesday's election was downright embarrassing.
Just 17.35 percent of the city's voters went to the polls to select half of the city council. The city's three precincts turned out only 509 total ballots, out of a registered population of 2,933 voters.
So while it's good news to hear that 70 percent of the voters favored the business-friendly alcohol ordinance change, the approval came from a total of 347 people. Stoddard takes another term with the approval of only 246 voters, while James has the support of 273. Fred Turner fell short in his first race with just 228 votes.
To see this glass as half-full, Grovetown's government runs very smoothly, and all three candidates are fine men.
The only stumble in the quiet race was from Turner, who may have been a little over-enthusiastic in his first campaign for public office: The sign in front of Turner's City of Life Ministries, Inc., promoted Turner's candidacy. That's a clear-cut violation of the church's tax-exempt status.
Still, that's about all that passed for drama in a race that barely drew enough voters to fill a modest-sized church.
Grovetown citizens perhaps are comfortable with the status quo. But a city with such a patriotic history certainly should take it as a matter of pride to get more voters to exercise their civic duty next time.
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