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WXYZ Editorial: Your vote, your choice; exercise your constitutional right!

Posted: 7:08 PM, Nov 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-01 21:34:35-04

We’ve said the date before, but we can’t say it enough! Tuesday, Nov. 6 is Election Day. It’s your chance to make your voice heard, loud and clear!

On Feb. 3, 1870, the 15th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It reads:

“The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or by any State….”

It’s time to use your right to vote and midterm elections are especially important. Why? Because the candidates are running for offices that directly affect you. You’ll be asked to vote on competitive state races, many local races and a hotly contested U.S. Senate seat.

Be prepared to fill out a long ballot and wait patiently in line. If you can do it for other forms of entertainment, surely, you can do it to get an “I Voted” sticker! On Election Day, the polls will open as early as 7 o’clock in the morning.

And it’s still not too late to fill out an absentee ballot by mail or in person. Whichever way you choose, your ballot must be returned no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

For information on the candidates, the issues and your polling place, go to our Democracy 2018 Voter Guide on WXYZ.com.

Most important, remember that for the first time in more than 120 years, there will be NO straight-ticket voting this election cycle! For your vote to count, you will need to mark your choice for each race and issue.

But remember, by voting, “We the People of the United States,” have the freedom and power to choose our representative form of government. Let your ballot speak volumes!

I’m Mike Murri, Vice President & General Manager

Broadcast: Nov. 1 - 4, 2018