Tuesday is election day. Please vote.

It's important -- perhaps this year more than ever. It may be among the most difficult of times to cast a ballot with many people, including many here at the newspaper, finding both major candidates sadly lacking. Still, voting is one of the most important rights we enjoy as Americans. So get yourself to the polls and vote.

We have used this forum in the past to encourage area citizens to vote. And we think it's a message well worth repeating.

There are few, if any, good reasons for not exercising your right to select who will represent your interest in government on all levels -- from school boards to the U.S. President.

There are lots of good reasons to vote. But, quite honestly, having a good reason is not a requirement for entering the voting booth to pull a lever, push a button, punch a chad or write in a name.

Vote because you like one candidate or because you don't like another.

Vote for someone or something or against someone or something else.

Vote because you feel strongly about a particular issue, a lot of issues or none at all.

Vote because you don't like the way things are going or because you're pleased with the status quo.

Vote for one candidate in one race or for someone in every race on the ballot.

Vote because you're having a good day or because you're having a bad day.

Vote because you have liberal leanings or because you tend to be more conservative.

Vote because you're young and this is your first opportunity to learn what it's like to cast a ballot.

Vote because you're not so young and you've learned how casting a ballot empowers you.

Vote for one reason, for a hundred reasons or for no reason at all.

Vote because you can.

Vote because so many people in so many places have given or would give their life for the privilege we often take for granted.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) once said "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves -- and the only way they could do this is by not voting."  Let's not make his statement a truth.

Vote. Be a part of the political process in the most freedom-loving nation on earth. Exercise your right, use your privilege, do your duty. Go to the polls and make sure your vote, win or lose, is among those which will decide what direction our city, our county, our state, our nation takes over the next year, two years or 10 years.

Tuesday is election day. Please vote.

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