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Endure slings and arrows, then remember to vote

IF YOU WATCH television, you’ve seen the commercials. If you read the newspapers, you’ve seen the stories. If you drive, take a bus, or walk from here to there, you’ve seen the roadside signs.

There’s an election coming. While this year doesn’t hold the momentous presidential race – every four years is often enough – or the down-to-Earth mayor/supervisor and school board elections, it is not without import.

Newspapers have published interviews with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and challenger Lynn Swann. There’s a heated U.S. Senate race between Sen. Rick Santorum and challenger Bob Casey, as well as a contest between Congressman Don Sherwood and Chris Carney.

There are candidates vying to be state senators and representatives hoping to serve in Harrisburg. And those are positions of consequence.

Can you say pay raise? Property tax? The people who win these elections will be steering the operations of our state into the near future.

People owe it to themselves to take an interest and take part and vote. And while the election is more than a month off, you can’t wait until then if you’re not registered. That voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 10, a week from today.

Registration isn’t difficult.

You don’t need to do anything if you have already registered and your life hasn’t changed. If you have changed your name or your residence, you need to re-register. And if you’ve never registered and you’re over 18, contact the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections with questions. The office is located at 20 North Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 207 in Wilkes-Barre.

Information is also available online at www.luzernecounty.org. Follow the links to the Bureau of Elections.

Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Forms must be completed and submitted to your county voter registration office. It doesn’t take much effort.

And look at it this way: You’ve put up with venomous TV commercials, contradictory claims in newspaper stories and the ubiquitous roadside placards. You’ll want to make sure you’re registered so you can vote how you feel after enduring this long onslaught.

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