Voting is a cherished American right, and we should treat it with the respect it deserves.

That means taking the time needed to decide how to vote on all of the issues and candidates that are on Tuesday’s ballot.

We aren’t just talking about the choice of a president. This election, The Clinton/Trump drama has overshadowed state and local races. It’s pitted us against each other, and it promises more strife even when the election is finally over.

We also mean taking the time to learn about Measure K, which will be on all county voters’ ballots. It would extend a sales tax to pay for needs fire and police agencies say they have. Take time to learn about it and then decide.

Read about the local school bonds that many county voters will decide. Understand what the schools need and what choices they have in filling those needs.

There are local city council members being voted on. Don’t just go with the person whose name you recognize. Read about the candidates and choose the one who will serve us best.

The same goes for the state candidates. Voting party lines doesn’t always guarantee the best person wins, so take the time to understand what candidates say they will do.

The voter’s guide that the state puts out has plenty of information. Lots more can be found at our website at Still more can be found at various sites online, but try to find those that give impartial information in addition to those that come with a slant one way or another.

If you can’t find the time to do a little research, then do us all a favor and don’t vote. Citizenship comes with obligations and responsibilities, and one of the most important is not to just vote, but to vote responsibly.

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