November 5, 2013

Editorial: It's essential, easy to vote

Today is your chance to make your opinions more than just words.

In letters, online comments and on the streets, North Country residents have been vocal in expressing their feelings about candidates and propositions.

You can help choose who makes decisions on county, city, town and village governmental bodies — the leaders most directly linked to you.

But, sadly, the majority of people who can vote in an election don’t actually do it. The Clinton County Board of Elections tells us that in a typical election that doesn’t include a presidential race, only about 30 percent of registered voters will pull the levers.

It requires a little effort to vote, but not all that much when you consider the importance of having a direct role in choosing your governance.

You get in a car or walk to your polling site (listed in today’s Press-Republican), sign in, mark your ballot, feed it into the machine and head out. The whole process should take no more than 15 minutes, unless you want to do a lot of last-minute pondering.

If you are afraid that voting would be difficult or confusing, don’t be apprehensive. Trained poll workers are there to help you, and they are eager to show you how it’s done.

The weather shouldn’t hinder you today. The forecast calls for sunshine and temperatures in the mid 40s.

If you have kids, we suggest you take them with you to vote. Get them started early on seeing how it works, and let them know that you think it is essential to participate in this basic American right.

We asked Press-Republican Facebook readers for suggestions on how to get more citizens to the polls. Of course, there were grumblings about how if there were better candidates, people would vote. But, on the local level, many very good candidates have stepped forward to ask voter permission to serve.

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