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Time to vote

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A South Marion Citizen editorial

By The Staff

Up north, the leaves have changed.

Out west, there is snow in the higher elevations.

Football is replacing baseball in the national sports consciousness.

In Florida, the mornings are crisp and cool and the afternoon temperatures are bearable.

And on many street corners, people are holding signs and waving at you. That can mean only one thing.

It’s election time.

Floridians, and the rest of the nation, go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 2, in a series of elections that some people call the “most important” in recent history. Of course, they say that in every election.

Here in Marion County and the surrounding area, we have a number of key races, ranging from County Commission and School Board to state representative and Congress.

Statewide, there are a number of elections, with the U.S. Senate and governor races the most prominent. But there are also six amendments, and the merit retention of judges, and some Cabinet positions up for grabs.

It’s a lot to digest, so we suggest taking the sample ballot you got in the mail, studying it, and marking it up. You are allowed to take the sample ballot to the polling place, so you can help keep the lines moving by making up your mind ahead of time and just casting your votes when you get there.

It’s an old cliché, but we say it again. If you don’t vote, don’t complain. Nothing’s worse than hearing someone gripe about government, and when you ask them who they voted for, they say they didn’t vote. As far as we’re concerned, if you don’t take part in the process, you lose your right to criticize.

So grab that sample ballot and head for the polls on Tuesday. They’re open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but we’d suggest getting there early to avoid the long lines.

Be a good American and cast that ballot. It’s the right thing to do.