Some things never change. Take, for example, the task of getting Columbia residents to vote in village elections. This is the lead paragraph from an April 6, 1980, article in the Howard Sun:
"It seems to take all kinds of gimmicks to get Columbia residents out for an election. And no one, it seems, knows that better than the village managers and their election committee chairmen, many of whom are planning extensive hoopla in their village center on election day, April 19, to draw voters from the 10 percent of the village households needed for a vaild election."