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Modest polling places, but they wield influence

Voters travel to everyday locations across the region today to decide who occupies the grand halls of power. You have until 7 p.m. to make your voice heard.

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 1:20 a.m. CDT

At stake in today’s election is nothing less than the leadership of the world’s most powerful nation.

The decision on who will wield that supreme power, live in the White House, and fly on Air Force One will be made at modest polling places across the land.

Neither grand or ostentatious are the buildings where many Sauk Valley voters will travel today to make their choices for president and lesser positions.

Whiteside County has 60 precincts. Some of its voters will go to churches in Rock Falls, Sterling, Morrison, Erie, Albany and Fulton.

Township facilities serve as polling places for voters who live in Genesee, Jordan, Garden Plain, Hopkins, Montmorency and Prophetstown townships, along with several precincts in Sterling.

In Morrison, a library serves as a polling place. So does a shopping mall and a senior citizens center in Sterling, a park district office in Rock Falls, a village hall in Lyndon, and a community building in Tampico.

Among Lee County’s 49 precincts, voters will fan out to church buildings in Dixon and West Brooklyn, a township building on Dixon’s southern edge, and community buildings in Dixon, Paw Paw, Sublette, Ashton and Amboy.

Fire stations in Harmon and Steward are polling places. So are village halls in Franklin Grove and Compton. In Dixon, a senior citizen high rise and a fraternal organization (the Elks Lodge) also will be destinations for voters.

Such locations are pillars of our communities. Where would the Sauk Valley be without local government, senior centers, community centers, churches, libraries and fire departments?

On normal days, what happens inside those buildings enhances the well-being of the local community.

For one day, decisions made there will impact the nation and, quite possibly, the world.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. today.

Join your friends and neighbors at your modest polling place and, collectively, make your voices heard in the grand halls of power.

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