Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Opinion

November 5, 2012

Voting: a right and a duty

Kokomo — THE ISSUE: Voters here and across the country will go to the polls today.

OUR VIEW: This is your chance to have a voice in selecting the individuals who will represent you, not only in the White House but in offices close to home.

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 officeholders all the way from school board members to president of the United States.

This is a privilege Americans should not take lightly, but unfortunately, many of them do.

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.

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.

We encourage you to get out and make your voice heard. It’s more important than you know.

So, if you haven’t already cast your ballot, please take a few minutes to do so today.

Today is your chance to play a part in the democratic process. Don’t miss it.

As Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said, “Our republic depends on Hoosiers like you to take the initiative and play an active role in preserving the freedoms of democracy.”

Yes, it’s that important.

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