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Tuesday is the day to be heard

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Posted: Sunday, October 31, 2010 4:30 am | Updated: 5:40 pm, Thu Nov 4, 2010.

After months of debates, political ads, and campaign signs clustered on street corners, Election Day is upon us. At 6 a.m. Tuesday (unless you already cast an early ballot), the polls open and you have the chance to exercise a right far too many Americans take for granted: the right to vote.

It’s your opportunity to be heard on important issues and to elect leaders you believe best represent your interests and those of your fellow Arizonans.

There is nothing more vital to what makes this the United States of America — and nothing that does a better job of bringing out the best and worst in us all. Negative campaigning has been especially intense this year.

The national Republican Party is seizing an opportunity from Obamacare backlash and a failing economy to take back some power in Congress, and the national Democratic Party is fighting with equal vigor to defend the turf it acquired when Barack Obama was elected president. As a result, some of the most obnoxious television ads have been those targeting the Congressional District 5 seat where Republican David Schweikert is challenging Democratic incumbent Harry Mitchell.

Races for some of our state’s top offices and legislative seats have also been marked by bitter bickering and sensational YouTube videos as candidates slam and smear each other to get our vote.

Up until now, the candidates have done all the talking. Tuesday is your day to be heard.

Looking for the candidate who will push immigration reform? Vote.

Want elected leaders who make education a priority? Vote.

Looking for the candidate with a plan to bring more jobs to Arizona? Vote.

Whatever the issue — from legalizing medical marijuana to keeping the Chicago Cubs spring training home in Mesa — the ballot box is a powerful way to have your say.

For the candidates, the campaigns — and the voter — it’s put up or shut up time.

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