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The big show is here: Vote

Have you ever voted for singers, dancers or reality TV contestants? Then be sure to vote for people who run things in the real world you inhabit. Polls will be open today until 7 p.m.

Today is Consolidated Election Day. While the election has received plenty of advance attention, some people won’t vote. If asked, they might say they just aren’t interested in voting.

That’s odd, because many people show extreme interest in certain types of voting.

Viewers of amateur talent programs on TV eagerly cast electronic votes for their favorite contestants.

The same goes for televised dance contest contestants; voters have a big impact on dancers’ ultimate success.

And for more than a dozen years, the “survival” of contestants on a certain reality TV show is based on whether they get voted off the island.

While some people embrace voting in connection with escapist entertainment shows, they lack the same enthusiasm for voting that impacts their own corner of the world.

In that corner, schools, villages and cities need leadership.

So do townships, park districts, community college districts and other entities.

A decision must be made whether to impose a new sales tax to help schools.

For some people, referendums will determine how electricity suppliers will be chosen.

In that corner of the world, tax dollars are collected, disbursed and spent by people who stand for election today.

We’re talking about whether streets and sidewalks are kept in repair, how students are educated, and who is the best person to plow snow from township roads.

Glamorous jobs, no.

But vital jobs, yes.

And frankly, voting somebody into or out of public office is a bit more important than voting for some TV star wannabe.

Today is the big show – a 13-hour marathon from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Who will be voted off the school board?

Who will be voted into the mayor’s office?

Who will win the sales tax cash scramble?

It’s real-world voting, folks, and it’s happening at a polling place near you.

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