Updated: December 7, 2012 6:14AM
Today is Election Day.
Despite record early voting numbers, many of us will go to our usual polling places and do what countless Americans have done across the ages: Cast ballots for our next president.
You’ve heard all the campaign rhetoric, read and seen a lot about the candidates over this long-distance race. So now it’s your turn to have your say.
At the same time, you will be electing congressmen, legislators, Lake County Board members and countywide officials who will have a greater impact on your life than the next president.
Those on the lower half of your ballots today are the folks who run offices and government which we all use; they, in fact are your neighbors. Most importantly, perhaps, is that those elected today are responsible for establishing a lot of our taxing bodies at the state and at the county level, a lot of services. When there is a flooding problem, you don’t call the White House.
Those charged with seeing that these services are provided are responsible for most effectively spending your tax dollars and acquiring additional revenue from outside sources.
It sometimes is said that you can’t fight city hall. Well, you can if you become involved.
And you can’t become engaged in government unless you vote. Lake County polls are open today continuously from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you don’t know where to vote, call the Lake County Clerk’s Office. They know. Or find your location at LakeVotePower.info.
The clerk’s office also will be posting election results today after 7 p.m. at LakeCountyClerk.info and by telephone after 8 p.m. at (847) 377-2410.
Vote. There is no good reason not to do so.