Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday

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Study your options before making decision at ballot box

Registered voters will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government – on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Voters will help choose our next U.S. senators, U.S. House representatives, S.C. governor and other statewide seats.

Locally, they will help choose school board members, a probate judge, the 6th Circuit solicitor and County Council members. See today’s news pages for a list of the races on ballots in Lancaster County.

During the month of October, we’ve introduced you to candidates and the seats they are vying for. We’ve asked them their views on various issues. And you’ve been able to meet them at three different candidate forums.

Also, candidates and their supporters have had their say on our editorial pages.

We’ve done our best to give you the information you need to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

County residents will also vote on a measure that would continue the county’s 1-percent sales and use tax, now being used to pay for the new county courthouse.

A “yes” vote would continue the tax for another seven years and provide an estimated $41,738,000 for road repairs, an emergency radio communications system, library improvements and a forensics crime lab.

Voters will also help decide statewide amendment questions asking if they want to allow charity raffles, now considered prohibited lotteries, and if they want the governor to appoint the adjutant general rather than that being an elected office. “Yes” votes favor making these changes, while “no” votes maintain the status quo.

Think long and about who you want to represent you in these offices and how you feel about the ballot questions.

Don’t forget to actually go to the polls and vote.

The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. See our news pages for a list of polling places.

Your vote is no small thing. It’s your voice in our political system and each vote really does count. Study your choices and make plans to vote Tuesday.

We’ll see you at the polls.