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This is the day on which candidates' nerves, which have been put to the test throughout the campaign, are given a final exam. Today is Election Day, and it's up to you to determine the future of your community, your school district, your county, your state, your nation.

We urge you to vote in today's election, but first do your research. A well-informed voter is the most basic building block of democracy.

If you missed Sunday's voters guide, head to nwi.com/politics. You'll find a wealth of material there:

  • Candidates' stances, in their own words, on important issues.
  • A list of candidates and judicial retention questions.
  • The names of Northwest Indiana candidates who signed the Shared Ethics Advisory Commission pledge.
  • Stories on local, state and national races.
  • The Times Editorial Board's endorsements in select races and on the Lan-Oak Park District referendum.
  • Videos of interviews with candidates.
  • nwi.com Political Roundtable podcasts.

And go to nwi.com/opinion for viewpoints, including many letters to the editor, on the pertinent races.

Do your research, but also vote. All your studying will do no good unless you follow through on the information and perspectives you glean.

If you think your vote doesn't count, think again. In every election there is a razor-thin margin of victory in at least one race.

In the May 6 primary election, Jim Biggs defeated Kyle Yelton by just 11 votes for the Republican nomination for Porter County Council in the 1st District.

Today, some races are considered toss-ups by political observers. Your vote could make the difference in any of these races.

Amid the usual prediction of low turnout, your vote matters today. Do your research, then cast your ballot. Your fellow citizens are counting on you to do your duty by exercising your right to vote. 

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Porter County Government Reporter

Senior reporter Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.