Your vote doesn’t count? Ask folks in Boynton Beach, Royal Palm, Jupiter

2999130055_5a1684d0fe_oYou vote counts. Period.

Need evidence? Fine. Take a look at Boynton Beach in the March 15 election. District 3 winner Christina Romelus ousted incumbent Mike Fitzpatrick in a three-way race with James Brake. Of 4,002 casting ballots, six fewer votes for Romelus would have triggered a runoff with Fitzpatrick, according to the city clerk.

In Royal Palm Beach, Councilor Richard Valuntus was ousted in a testy race by Selena Smith by 161 votes out of 6,607 cast. And in Palm Beach Shores, the two mayoral candidates were separated by 13 votes out of 543.

And get this: In the Town of Palm Beach, where a controversial $90 million project to bury utility lines was on the ballot, it won by just 62 votes out of 4,286 cast.

These tight votes a being brought into question now because, as the Post’s Eliot Kleinberg reported on Sunday, it’s possible that 2,000 provisional ballots that were tossed to ban those residents from voting in the March 15 presidential primaries also disallowed their vote in one of 20 municipal elections.

And while that mess is still being sorted out — and I’m sure, lawsuits being weighed — there are runoff elections on Tuesday (March 29) in Jupiter, Boynton Beach, Riviera Beach and Pahokee.

How big a deal is this? Riviera Beach is sponsoring a day-long Get Out the Vote campaign to remind its residents to go to the polls.

They’ve got the right idea. And a good thing to remember is that these local races are all nonpartisan. That means you don’t have to have a party affiliation to vote, just legally be registered and a resident.

A reminder: Of Tuesday’s four remaining municipalities, the Post Editorial Board endorsed candidates in three races. You’ll find the link to them at www.mypalmbeachpost.com/endorsements.

Vote! It matters.