It's time to stand up and be counted.
Voter registration is at an all-time high in Douglas County, but the real test of local involvement in the political process will be the turnout in Tuesday's general election.
There certainly are plenty of important issues that should draw voters to the polls. Many people may only be interested in the presidential race, which has been confusing but interesting. For the first time in many years, Americans will actually have to await the actual election returns to know who the presidential winner will be.
If you don't care about presidential politics, local questions still should draw you to the polls Tuesday. We will be electing our entire state legislative delegation, which will include several political newcomers this year. And there is an important school bond election and a chance to decide on whether public establishments that sell liquor by the drink should be required to do a certain percentage of their business in food.
Several county government offices also are at stake in Tuesday's election, including two county commission seats and a hotly contested district attorney race.
Over the weekend, some local residents expressed confusion over this year's election and said they were so disgusted with the process that they might even decide not to vote. To those people we would say, take heart, your vote is important. Even if you aren't totally convinced who the best candidate is, your judgment is as valid as any other American's. If you don't think your vote matters, think again; the greatest enemy of democracy is apathy.
Even if you don't care that much which candidate wins, care enough to be part of the process and vote. It's your right and privilege, and it shouldn't be taken for granted.