Opt in: Get out and vote

Election day falls just before the people of this country turn their attention to another important day this month — Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

In the event you’ve never really connected the dots, there is a very strong correlation between the two.

Veterans Day is a time to not only remember and thank those in the United States Armed Forces who fought and died for our country, but to also recognize that what they were, and in many places around the world, still are, fighting for is freedom for all.

Americans have the opportunity to choose who governs them. Our men and women in uniform guaranteed us that. There’s no better way to acknowledge that sacrifice than to seize the opportunity to exercise the right afforded to us because of it.

It isn’t a complicated process. It isn’t even a time-consuming one. It’s a simple task that can make a very big difference.

Give yourself the chance to be a part of our democracy … our freedom. If you don’t take the time to vote today, Nov. 6 — the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — you still have to follow the laws elected officials make.

You will still have to live with the decisions made on your behalf. You can’t opt out.

In a world that seems so divisive, why not opt for a little piece of that power?

Why leave it up to someone else who took the time to familiarize themselves with the views of the candidates and spent the few minutes on election day to cast a ballot?

Candidates may thank you for your votes, but make no mistake about it, you aren’t doing them a favor.

You aren’t doing this for them. You are doing this for yourself.

You are doing this for your families. You are doing this for your children’s future.

With predictions that voter turnout could reach 50 percent or more, it appears the Congressional midterm elections and the race for the 76th Legislative District seat in the House of Representatives have prompted local interest.

We are very grateful for that.

Also in this election are contests for Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor, one of the commonwealth’s two servants in the U.S. Senate, and state House seats throughout our region. This is a very politically-charged climate where the people of our great nation continue looking to Congress and their state Legislatures to find ways to improve our collective quality of life.

Today, don’t let your absence silence your voice.