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Opinion

November 6, 2012

OUR VIEW: Playing your part in the process

Today, American citizens will have an opportunity that people in many parts of the world would love to have.

They’ll have a chance to play a part in selecting new office holders all the way from school board members to president of the United States.

This is a privilege Americans should not take lightly.

In each election, a relative few of our fellow citizens step forward with an offer to serve.

They make their cases in debates, in candidate forums and in the pages of this newspaper both in their own words and in the words of their supporters. Much of the space on this page in the last two weeks has been devoted to letters touting the reasons voters should support one candidate or the other.

If you’re still weighing your choices, you can find many of the stories we’ve printed in a voters’ guide at pharostribune.com.

Many of us have been anticipating this day almost since the last presidential election four years ago. The campaign, it seems, has been going on forever, and the claims and counterclaims have grown more and more shrill as the hours ticked down to this final day.

Regardless of how the election turns out, most of us will be glad to put the non-stop political ads behind us.

For many Cass County voters, the election is already over. According to County Clerk Beth Liming, nearly 8,500 voters had cast ballots by the end of the day on Saturday.

Perhaps that many more will cast their ballots today, and if that happens, the county will actually top the 71 percent turnout it recorded four years ago. That year, Liming said, the county had about 100 more registered voters, and roughly 16,000 of them voted.

If you haven’t already cast your ballot, please take a few minutes to do so today. If you live in Cass County, you can vote at any of the seven vote centers scattered across the county. Don’t forget to take along a photo ID, and if you received one of those blue postcards in the mail, take that along so that you can sign it in the presence of a poll worker.

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