Just 16 percent of McHenry County voters turned out to cast ballots in this spring's Consolidated Municipal Election, according to the County Clerk's Office.
A few more votes in a number of races could have changed the outcome.
It's proof once again that every votes counts, and frustrating that so many adults elect not to participate in our great democracy.
Here are just a handful of local races settled by single-digit vote counts. Keep in mind that these vote totals are unofficial until certified by the clerk. Because these races are so close, recounts are possible.
• McCullom Lake Village President Terry Counley was re-elected by just two votes, 126 to 124, over challenger Kelly Given.
• In Harvard, two votes also separated winner Raul Meza's 95 votes from Scott Logan's 93 votes for a seat on the city' Board of Alderman in Ward 3.
• For Barrington Hills Village Board, where three seats were up, just three votes separated third-place finisher Gritz Gohl (elected with 566 votes) and fourth-place finisher Kelly Mazeski (563 votes, not elected.)
• In the race for Hebron Township highway commissioner, Zeke Nickels won with 168 votes. His nearest competitor, Johnny Eskridge, finished four votes back with 164.
• And in Marengo, Matt Keenum beat his nearest challenger, Corey Brackman, by just five votes, 131 to 126, for a seat on the board of alderman in Ward 2.
Each local election season, we see tight races such as these. Yet each election season, the vast majority of voters give up their constitutional right to elect their leaders.
It's a sad commentary when more people are interested in "Dancing with the Stars" or "American Idol" than they are in their republic.