For all the clamor about low voter participation in the United States, that lack of interest is not uniform. An analysis of high and low turnout makes it clear how to boost participation: Make people’s votes count. That’s what worked on Long Island.

Suffolk County’s tally of nearly 71 percent of registered voters participating in the Nov. 8 election might exceed the national rate by 15 percentage points, and Nassau County’s 65 percent is pretty good, too.

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Voter turnout nationally was low by the standards of other industrialized nations. There are still millions of votes to count, though, and the eventual share should end up around 58 percent, right around the usual figure for presidential elections in the past century. Turnout for New York State is projected to hit 56 percent.

Hillary Clinton won New York by almost 20 percentage points. The Electoral College, not the popular vote, decides presidential races, so all of New York’s 29 Electoral College votes are awarded to the winner in the state, rather than proportionally. However, it is competitive state and local races that bring out voters even when presidential races are one-sided.

Long Island’s high participation compared favorably with about 51 percent in New York City, thanks to intensely fought races for congressional seats, as well as State Senate districts that will decide which party controls the chamber. Suffolk County’s East End also had a referendum on water quality.

The numbers could be even higher in the future if voters have more of a direct say in governance via more referendums, as in California, where 2016 turnout may hit 75 percent, and even more choices in local elections via truly contested races. And Long Islanders deserve a special hat tip: You came to polls even without the lure of getting an “I Voted” sticker. — The editorial board