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Editorial: Countdown to E-Day

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

— Franklin Roosevelt

Finally, just one more day to go. Election Day is Tuesday.

Considering the record number of people who have already voted in Rowan County, Tuesday could be a banner Election Day as well. More than 38,000 people — 41 percent of the county’s registered voters — have already cast ballots.  The long line that formed at the Board of Elections for the last day of early voting Saturday suggests additional sites and hours would have helped.

If the Election Day turnout sets records, too, don’t let long lines deter you. Voting is one of our most cherished rights. Failing to vote is like giving up that right.

On Tuesday, polling places across Rowan will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and voters could well set another record then. For months we’ve heard about the high “unfavorables” of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but that could very well give people extra motivation — that is, to vote against the person they consider more unfavorable.

There are plenty of other high-stakes races on the ballot to compel voters, too, such as Roy Cooper vs. Pat McCrory for governor, and Richard Burr vs. Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate. And don’t forget the races for Rowan County commissioners and school board.

More that 3 million ballots have been cast early statewide. According to Dr. Michael Bitzer’s Old North State Politics blog, the party breakdown of those voters is 42 percent Democrat, 32 percent Republican and 26 percent unaffiliated. Do not conclude that more people voted for Democrats, though. Unaffiliated voters are the wild card in this election.

Assume nothing about who will win. It’s not over until Tuesday night, and your candidate needs your vote.

Here are a few things you may need to know for Election Day:

Voter ID: You do not need to show a photo identification card to vote.

The ballot: Much of tomorrow’s ballot will be the same countywide, but congressional and state legislative races complicate things. If you don’t know which district you’re in, you can find a ballot tailored to your address by going to https://enr.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public.

Information: The Post published a Voter’s Guide on Sunday, Oct. 23. You can also find information on our website, www.salisburypost.com.

Forums: Two candidate forums held recently by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce will be broadcast again tonight on Channel 16 (Fibrant and Time Warner Cable). The school board forum will air at 6 p.m., followed by the county commissioners forum.

When in doubt: The Rowan County Board of Elections stands ready to answer your questions at 704216-8140. The office is located at the West End Plaza on Jake Alexander Boulevard. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Don’t let anyone or anything get between you and your right to vote.

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