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Editorial: Get informed, get to the polls

It turned out Hurricane Sandy’s visit to the Capital District was a great deal less eventful than originally anticipated, a fact that has many of our neighbors breathing a sigh of relief after living through last year’s extreme weather events.

Not everyone was so lucky, of course, and we’d encourage our readers to keep in their thoughts our fellow New Yorkers Downstate and others along the east coast who were impacted by the storm. Even better is helping out in whatever way you can, including by sending a donation to the American Red Cross through redcross.org or by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The storm forced the cancellation of many area events on Monday and even into Tuesday, including a debate that was cosponsored by The Spotlight for candidates in the 46th State Senate District. One event that will go on as planned — must go on, really — is next week’s election. The polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

There has been much attention given to the presidential race this year, as there well should be. For politics lovers there’s really no time like the lead up to a presidential race, because the country as its most aware. Sadly, even this fervor over the future of our nation is not terribly impressive.

The United States holds the distinction of having among the poorest voter turnout rates among countries in which the population has the power of the vote. The numbers have been on the upswing recently, rising from a low point of 49 percent of the voting age population in 1996 to 57 percent this past presidential race. Among most of the world’s other developed countries turnout runs in the 80th percentile and higher. It is above 90 percent in some developing countries, even.

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