On this Election Day we're not going to suggest who you should vote for, but rather suggest strongly that you vote.
You have 13 hours in which to find 10 minutes to take part in your governments, state and federal. It is a right that millions of people around the world have given their lives for and still seek.
To ignore it would be to ignore the sacrifices of millions from this land who have given their limbs and their lives to protect it.
The polls open at 7 a.m. and will be welcoming those who care about their state and nation until 8 p.m. The list of polling places was published in yesterday's Times Observer.
Apathy is not an option. Every election is important, but this one ranks near the top of the historical list. The contrasts in platforms among those running are fairly stark and speak to divergent visions for some of the basic principles of government.
A turnout today of less than 60 percent would be shameful.
On a lighter note, imagine not being inundated with political advertising, much of it negative and some of it misleading, sending you in search of snacks or a bathroom no matter what channel you have been watching. Imagine your phone not ringing a half-dozen times a day with robo-calls from candidates or their surrogates. All of this will come true tomorrow, a day when the only talk about the 2012 election will come from pundits who will pretend to make sense of it all.