Make your voice known at polls today

We have been waiting for this day for more than a year.

Perhaps never before has a presidential election been so divisive, reaching unprecedented levels.

There have been raucous campaigns and hard-fought debates among the presidential candidates. Those have been coupled by heated arguments and pages upon newspaper pages of letters to the editor from constituents who feel very strongly about the candidate they are supporting or, in many cases, the one they are voting against.

More than a half-million Ohioans already have cast their ballots, but millions more are expected at the polls today.

In addition to the presidential race, voters today will make their decisions on congressional representatives and U.S. senators. They will decide on statehouse representatives, state senators and Ohio Supreme Court justices. There are countywide offices and many important local issues and liquor options to be decided.

Voters in Warren, for example, will decide whether the local income tax should be increased by 0.5 percent; residents in Hubbard School District will decide whether they should pass a 7.1-mill, 10-year operating levy; Mathews residents will decide on the hotly debated 7.45-mill bond issue and its accompanying 0.5-mill operating levy. Austintown voters will cast ballots on two new 1-mill levies for road and police services; Brookfield voters will decide on a 0.5-mill continuous cemetery levy and a 0.5-mill five-year parks / recreation levy.

These are just a few of the issues in which all voters should have a voice. There are others, for instance, in Bazetta, Braceville, Cortland, Fowler and many more.

No matter who you support or how you feel about issues on your local ballot, it’s your duty to head out today and cast a ballot.

If you haven’t already voted, don’t miss your opportunity.

Polls are open today 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. And don’t forget your ID.