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November 5, 2012
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Why you should voteWalt Whitman called it “choosing day.” Tomorrow is the day we get to choose. And the “we get” is important.

As you well know, millions and millions of people around this globe do not get the chance to choose their leaders. Let’s add in China (population 1,344,130,000 in 2011 according to the World Bank) and make it billions who have no choice, no say. Imagine that. Living in the U.S., it can be very hard to imagine.

I read this morning in the Internet-only daily newsletter “Playbook” from the DC-based Politico.com that “nearly every poll, nationally and in vital states, shows a jump-ball race” between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Historically, we are witnessing a rare event: seldom does an election involving an incumbent president have a close outcome.

I’ve read all the same hype you have. How this is the election of a lifetime. How the election will determine the path of the U.S. for years and years to come. Maybe for the next 4-8 years, but I’m skeptical beyond that. The world is too unpredictable.

Of course don’t believe the hype. But there is no disputing that choosing the leader of the world’s number one power is a big deal, and your vote matters. Especially in such a “jump ball” contest.

Your vote is also important this time around because the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are up for grabs. The balance of power, GOP or the Dems, could swing on which senator gets elected in your state, if your state has a senate race. The same goes for the potential significance of your local congressional race.

So go to your polling place tomorrow and make your choice.

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