Thumbs down: A grand total of 47 voters turned out for Manchester’s town election this past Tuesday, according to a town spokeswoman. We hope that doesn’t reflect the level of apathy in that town for its local government, but it’s certainly not a good sign. To be sure, this year’s Manchester election featured less intrigue than most — all three candidates were running unopposed. But other municipalities didn’t have that excuse this year. In Westminster’s race for three open Common Council seats, a total of 686 votes were cast, out of 12,026 active and inactive voters — a rate of 5.7%. Sure, the mayor’s office wasn’t on the ballot this year. But there were six candidates, only one of whom was an incumbent, and the race was clearly competitive. In 2015, the most recent Westminster municipal election without a mayoral race, turnout was about 8% — also quite low but not so miserable as this year. Some say that politics at all levels have become nationalized; is it truly the case that elections need national or even state races to interest Carroll County voters? We hope not. It shouldn’t be the case, considering how directly council members and mayors can influence all of our lives. Although Manchester and Westminster stand out at the low end, turnout wasn’t quite so bad across the board — Taneytown saw a rate of nearly 24% turnout, the highest in the county this year. Taneytown, you earned some bragging rights with this one.