Monday’s a big day if you want to vote in primary election

Monday’s the day. If you’re not registered to vote by then, you’re not going to be able to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election.

For some, that’s not a big deal, but to us, it’s a very important life detail, being registered to vote and able to participate in American democracy.

In this country, we sometimes take for granted our voting rights. We should be reminded when, in other countries, people do not have the chance to have a say in the government that controls much of their lives.

We do. We should take that chance quite seriously.

Through the years, even in America, people have had to take to the streets to stand up for their right to vote.

It has always been, and probably always will be, a contentious issue. Measures to change people’s ability to vote in elections are being brought forward quite often.

We hope we all keep our eyes on those.

Primary elections aren’t always foremost in people’s minds, but look what happened last month in the state of New York. Longtime U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley — many thought he’d be successor to Nancy Pelosi as Democratic House leader — was defeated by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who’s only 28. It was, The New York Times said “… the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade, and one that will reverberate across the party and the country.”

That was in a primary, dear readers.

If you haven’t already, we urge you to register to vote. And then we implore you to vote.

The future you may change is your own.