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Editorial -- Vote Today

Today is Election Day. We urge all registered voters to go to the polls today to express their hopes for the future of this nation. We are distressed by recent rhetoric decrying the choices for president and expressing apathy for the entire electoral system.

Failing to vote has very serious consequences. A low turnout does not so much express dissatisfaction with the process or the candidates as show a genuine disinterest in the future. It is difficult to envision anyone who has seriously thought about the campaign being unable to find a candidate among either the three major presidential candidates or the countless "third-party" candidates who at least in some way will serve that person's interests. Rather than conducting a doomed search for the perfect candidate, a potential voter should weigh the good and the bad associated with each candidate -- and each candidate does possess a little of both -- and vote for the best overall candidate.

Even if one is not enticed by any of the candidates for president, there are critical local issues, including the statewide referenda, which demand every voter's close attention. Further, voters who stay at home because of apathy toward national issues will greatly effect the outcome of races for local offices.

We praise efforts such as MTV's "Rock the Vote" campaign, which urge young people to vote, and we strongly criticize those who advocate apathy at election time. As young people, we will be affected more than others by the choices made today, since we have to live with their effects the longest.

For many undergraduates, this will be your first chance to vote for president. Don't waste that chance.