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In case you haven’t been paying attention, there’s a big election coming up in Greensboro next week — Tuesday, to be precise, otherwise known as Election Day, when the voters decide who represent them on council for the next two years.

But when we say “voters,” we are actually talking about a fairly small sample of the population.

In Greensboro municipal elections, we’re lucky to see 20 percent of registered voters come out to the polls, even though voting is easier today than it has ever been. Early voting stretches the election out over weeks instead of hours, allowing folks to vote at their own convenience. And for purists, the wait at the precincts is usually no more than three minutes, though most voters would agree that the whole process usually takes less time than that, especially if you already know for whom you’re going to vote. Or you can go down to the Guilford Courthouse right now and participate in Early voting, which lasts until Saturday.

No, the problem isn’t convenience. It’s apathy. If you’ve not kept up with the candidates, we’ve put together a handy voting guide, with facts, positions and quotes pertaining to every candidate in every race. If you trust our judgment, feel free to consult our endorsements, which we made after careful consideration and deliberation, and even put them in a handy tearsheet you can take into the voting booth with you.

But honestly, we don’t care who you vote for as much as we care that you vote at all.

We want you to vote because it’s your right as an American citizen — one of the few that has not been compromised, eroded or outright revoked by outsized influence of corporations in American life.

We want you to vote because it is a form of stewardship.

We need broad agreement to determine what services we want to maintain and how we’ll pay for them. We want you to vote to ensure that every voice in the city is heard, that every district is equally served.

We want you to vote because in small elections like this, contests are sometimes won by the equivalent of a barroom full of people, and your vote counts exponentially more than it does in a presidential year.

We want you to vote because not to do so would be outrageously lame. And as a reader of YES! Weekly, you are anything but lame. Just by holding this publication in your hands, you distinguish yourself as educated, well informed and socially conscious. Voting is what YES! Weekly readers do.

In most Greensboro municipal elections, 20 percent turnout is the benchmark. We can do better than that. We deserve better than that. We are better than that.

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