From an editorial Thursday in the Durham Herald-Sun:
The 2016 election season may seem like it has been going on forever, but one thing is certain: It will very shortly end.
Election Day, Nov. 8, is less than three weeks off. And starting Thursday, voters in Durham County can begin casting ballots during early voting.
Many of you may be reading this and murmuring – shouting? – that you won’t be voting at all. Others may plan to vote but to skip some top-ballot contest or contests.
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This year we’ve seen a campaign so coarse, so filled with craziness, that it exacerbates many traditional reasons for not voting and creates a host of new rationalizations.
There’s a temptation to say a plague on both their houses and stay home.
Don’t succumb to that temptation.
Polls indicate a close race in North Carolina. One of the major party candidates will capture our 15 electoral votes.
You can actively help determine who that is. Or you can passively help by letting your fellow citizens make the decision – and leaving you little ground to complain about the outcome they determine.