We urge you to vote Tuesday.
Across the region, no matter what community you live in, a number of important local issues are on the ballot that will directly impact your life in the year ahead. Oh yeah, and there's a presidential race on the ballot as well.
Presidential year elections tend to bring out higher numbers of voters anyway, but this year we believe it is the local and state races that really should drive voters to the polls. Six statewide ballot issues, many of them emotional, and five of the six that would alter the state's constitution, are waiting for voter reaction Tuesday.
In some areas residents will be determining countywide positions, in other areas residents will determine the fate of county millage requests, while in still others the fate of local officials will be determined.
While by no means is this meant to discourage voters, leave yourself extra time this year to vote. No matter where you reside, the ballot is going to be longer than usual and for that reason alone, it will take more time to complete your ballot.
Also, read each issue carefully. Ballots are by no means intended to be confusing, but make sure you understand the wording clearly before casting a vote. If you have a question, ask a poll worker for clarification.
Much is at stake with this election, from city hall all the way to the White House. Your vote will play an important part in charting the direction we head - where our priorities will lie and how those priorities might impact our wallets.
Many people have made the ultimate sacrifice so you could vote Tuesday.
Honor them, and their service, and get to the polls.