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Our View: It is finally time for voters to be heard

It has been a very long campaign season, filled with robo calls and negative advertising, baby-kissing and fact-checking.

But the campaign trail ends today.

After months of the candidates in elections from the local, state and federal levels, today will be the voters’ chance to be heard.

Many people already have voted, but the vast majority in DeKalb County and nationwide will cast their ballots today at local polling places.

Don’t believe that your vote is not important, or that these elections don’t matter. Whatever pollsters and pundits say, nothing has been decided until voters have spoken.

This is a critical time to have your voice heard. Just as there are candidates at every level of government in this election, there also are challenges at every level.

These are trying times in which to be a taxpayer and a public servant. Our governments face sterner challenges than they did when the economy was booming. Budget deficits are common, and our country faces many hard choices about its affairs at home and abroad.

Most candidates in these races say they know how to bring the good times back. They have plans, positions and skill sets they say make them more qualified than their opponent.

There also are questions on these ballots that will directly affect our individual communities. In DeKalb, there’s a question about making the city clerk an appointed position rather than elected. In Somonauk, there’s a measure that would increase school property taxes. Voters in Sandwich could ban burning of landscape waste, and a question in Hinckley asks whether the village should be allowed to negotiate a power supply agreement on behalf of residents, to name a few.

Of course, the race for presidency ends today as well. The candidates have had a lot to say about their vision for our country, spending billions in advertising to reach Americans with their message.

It is our privilege as American citizens to make our opinions known at the ballot box and to elect the leader of the free world.

Our elections matter. Cast your ballot and be heard.

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