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Voter turnout

Voters pack into the Winfield Government Center to cast their votes about an hour after polls opened during the 2016 presidential election.

The furor driving Region voters to cast early ballots already is on par with presidential election years — and it's only a midterm ballot.

On this election day, if you haven't voted early, hit the polls and lodge your vote to keep this wave of participatory government washing over society.

In late October, election officials in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties reported they had surpassed or nearly surpassed their absentee ballot totals for all of the 2014 general election, with more than a week left in the early voting period. Lake County had received more than 13,000 ballots in the mail or in person; LaPorte more than 2,700; and Porter more than 5,000.

Many political pundits and analysts suggest our nation's deep divisions are driving people to vote in larger-than-normal midterm numbers this election year.

A better way to look at it is the motivation of inspired passions, whether they be red, blue or purple in hue.

Regardless of which color on the election spectrum best defines, it's important to care enough to vote for the candidates we feel most likely to act upon our vision for society's future.

In the end, it doesn't matter whether we're motivated by support or opposition for the current president or past leaders.

Those individuals aren't on the ballot in 2018.

Party label shouldn't be the ultimate directional beacon, either.

Weigh the individual candidates for who they are and what you feel they are likely to bring, whether to local, state or federal office.

The political campaign commercials we've been inundated with are all just confused noise at this point. Block out the noise, and vote for the candidates who have presented specific plans that appeal to your passions for society.

It's a tall order to believe your vote today will fix our national and societal problems.

But it's certain that nothing will be helped by sitting at home or bypassing your polling location to and from work.

Voting is indeed a right and a duty in our society.

Failing to exercise that right and duty is tantamount to not caring.

Early voting totals are showing us plenty of people are caring. Let's finish the job today at the polls.



Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.