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November 5, 2013

Editorial: Polls are open 'til 8; get out and vote

Perhaps you’re reading this after just waking up in Gloucester this nice November morning.

Maybe you’re at work — or perhaps you had set your Times aside earlier to check it out later this afternoon or even early this evening.

Whatever the time of day, we hope you’re either taking the time to vote in today’s Gloucester elections – or, even better, have already done so.

As noted in today’s Page 1 story, City Clerk Linda Lowe is hopeful that a fair amount of voters will indeed make it to the polls today — certainly more than the roughly 31 percent who turned out in the last city elections in 2011. Yet even a best-case scenario, like the lively 2007 race to succeed former Mayor John Bell after he decided to step aside, drew just a 45.7 percent turnout.

That sounds great by today’s standards, yet that also means that more than half the city’s voters decided to sit it out — no doubt because they had too much to do, couldn’t be bothered, thought their vote either didn’t count or matter, or just decided to sit it out for any of the other usual bogus reasons we all hear all too often.

Look, voting is important. It’s your right, many would argue that it’s your civic duty — and it’s your chance to let your voice be heard, as loud but not louder than anyone else in this city.

If you haven’t voted, remember that Gloucester’s polling places in all 10 precincts (see list, Page 1) are open until 8 p.m. That’s plenty of time for you to get there.

Don’t leave these decisions to others. Vote.

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