BOSTON — As towns on the Cape gear up for a spring of municipal elections, with seats on the ballot ranging from school committee to town moderator, several local political activists say some of these races — while nonpartisan on paper — have become framed in part by national politics.

Organizers on both sides of the political spectrum agreed the region’s politics can be divisive, though they disagreed on who was responsible.

Still, this new focus on local contests could help bolster civic engagement, they said, regardless of which candidates ultimately get elected.

“I do think it’s coming right down to this level now,” Paula Miller, a Brewster resident and member of United Cape Patriots, said of the partisanship. “I think the intensity is really being brought to bear.”