Is today the most important election ever?

Do you think today is the most important election ever in the modern era?

With all of the offensive rhetoric surrounding this presidential election, do you believe the integrity of our election system is at stake today, Nov. 8, 2016?

We’re hoping all of you who read this are thinking, “I want to vote personally because I don’t want the decisions to be made for me … if I vote, I’ve done my civic duty.”

While some may think that reason corny, our individual responsibility as American citizens to vote gets lost in the conversation, especially when claims are made that this election is “rigged.”

If you believe the system is “rigged,” then vote to help make sure it is not.

Your right to vote is the foundation of our democratic process.

Voting encourages civic consciousness so important to the welfare of our country.

At a time when people feel so powerless due to special interests and big money, voting is our power … our individual and collective statement that we demand a responsible and accountable government in America — from every state to every town.

The right to vote is the most important right granted to a U.S. citizen because it preserves all other rights, including our freedom.

And whoever is elected as our next president, they cannot make substantial progress or change without Congress.

The size of the majorities in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House — and also in our state Legislature — makes a huge difference when it comes to future prosperity.

High voter turnout means more representative government.

Voting gives you license to complain about your elected officials because their decisions impact every aspect of our lives … from educational opportunities to health care to our economy and security.

Finally, remember that people have fought and died for the right for all American citizens to vote.

And by the way, take your child so they see that mom and dad are exercising their right to vote and explain to them the importance of voting.

There are no excuses not to vote.

The polls are open until 8 tonight.