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You’re in charge of outcome: Vote!

JUST A FEW pokes of a computer screen, and you’re done.

It can seem so anti-climactic.

After months of listening to campaign ads, convention speeches, debates, “robocalls,” media pundits and the unsolicited prognostications of pretty near everybody, including the fellow bagging your groceries, you get to vote.

Today, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., you and other registered voters in Pennsylvania finally have your say – the only say that matters. Sure, the political parties and their volunteer corps have tried to influence your final decisions. And the news media have offered endorsements based on their assessments of the choices. (You can read The Times Leader’s 2008 picks below.)

In the end, however, you’re the one in control.

Take a moment to appreciate that fact while at the polls.

Democracy in the digital age is no less impressive than when the nation’s Founding Fathers conceived of and implemented the idea more than two centuries ago. Authority passes seamlessly, and without conflict, from one representative to the next, at the choosing of the people.

Take part in Election Day.

And if you encounter problems, have questions or observe irregularities at the polling place, contact one or more of these groups that seek to ensure the process runs smoothly.

• Pennsylvania Department of State, www.votespa.com or 1-877-VOTESPA.

• League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, www.palwv.org or 1-800-692-7281.

• Luzerne County Bureau of Elections, www.luzernecounty.org or 825-1715.

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