No matter your po­lit­i­cal views, just go vote

It’s that time of year again (well, twice a year if you count the pri­maries) to re­mind ev­ery­one that you have a duty to per­form on Tues­day. We have an un­prece­dented Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion be­fore us where two of the most un­pop­u­lar can­di­dates imag­in­able are

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Two of the most un­pop­u­lar can­di­dates imag­in­able are run­ning for pres­i­dent, but it’s still im­por­tant to vote.

Don’t let that dis­suade you, though. There are a lot of im­por­tant races be­ing de­cided Tues­day in ad­di­tion to the nasty head­liner bat­tle.

“Hold your nose and vote,” seems like a ter­ri­ble op­tion, but sadly it’s the only one we’ve got for Pres­i­dent.

You could vote in protest and cast your vote for a third­party, but you know for a fact that your vote is go­ing to some­one who will not win.

The down-bal­lot races in most ar­eas (though just the one in Trenton for House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives) and bal­lot ques­tions mean your voice is go­ing to be heard on more than just the Pres­i­den­tial race.

It is an odd place to be in where we are sug­gest­ing that vot­ers might be turned off to­ward vot­ing be­cause the Pres­i­den­tial race is this year, when we ob­vi­ously al­ways have bet­ter turnout in Pres­i­den­tial years than in off-year elec­tions. But this race is cer­tainly and odd­ity.

We’ve heard from read­ers on both sides. We’ve heard from the can­di­dates them­selves. We can’t feel great about ei­ther of these clowns, though we do still stress the im­por­tance of get­ting out there to cast your vote.

A “none of the above” op­tion would be fan­tas­tic for this, as seen in the Richard Pryor clas­sic film “Brew­ster’s Mil­lions” where Pryor runs a cam­paign for mayor where he ends up ad­vo­cat­ing that vot­ers don’t pick him, or any­one, on the grounds that none of the can­di­dates truly were qual­i­fied to hold the po­si­tion.

Still, your opin­ion might be dif­fer­ent and you might feel fired up for or against one of these two can­di­dates.

The most im­por­tant thing you can do for the sake of democ­racy is par­tic­i­pate.

Protest-vote and opt for a write-in if you want. Or bol­ster the broad­en­ing of the process by opt­ing for a third­party can­di­date who won’t win.

There is so much at stake here, even with­out the hope­fully one-term dis­as­ter that will end up in the oval of­fice.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process, no matter how pre­pos­ter­ous the choices are, might ac­tu­ally mean we end up with bet­ter choices next time around. Though, if more peo­ple voted in the pri­maries, we might have ended up in a bet­ter spot on Elec­tion Day. Next time, get out there and get in­volved early in the process.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the process, no matter how pre­pos­ter­ous the choices are, might ac­tu­ally mean we end up with bet­ter choices next time around. Though, if more peo­ple voted in the pri­maries, we might have ended up in a bet­ter spot on Elec­tion Day. Next time, get out there and get in­volved early in the process.

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