Unless you've been hiding underneath a very large rock - one blocking all cellphone, Internet, radio, TV and print media signals - you know that today is Election Day.
The presidential campaign season - stretching from a bitter early Republican primary race to contentious Congressional races to a superheated presidential debate finale - has brought unprecendented levels of campaign spending, intrusive political advertising and divisive partisan rhetoric. Some voters may have found the process exhilarating and inspiring. For others, it has proven exhausting.
By the time this newspaper reaches your door, many of you already will have cast your ballots, bringing your role in the election to a close. Others may be feeling fed up, turned off or just plain tired out. We're urging those people - before they put their feet up and breathe sighs of relief over the election's end - to do their democratic duty.
This year's ballot won't be an easy one to get through. In addition to the presidential contest, there are a half-dozen statewide proposals, judical races and local millage proposals along with city council, township and school board races.
But it's worth the effort. If we don't take our stake in the electoral process seriously, if we don't bother to vote, we contribute to a government that is ever less representative of our wishes. We have little right to complain if we shirk our reponsibility and let other citizens make our decisions for us.
Don't put that responsibility aside - get out and vote today. The polls are open until 8 p.m.