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Think your vote doesn’t count? Think again.

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 12:30 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 12:38 p.m. CDT

Some have said this will be the most important election of our lifetimes. Then again, they’ve said that each of the last three elections, so it’s understandable if you have a little bit of the Johnny-crying-wolf reaction.

But every election is important, and your participation matters. Consider this: in 2008, the presidential vote in Jasper County was decided by fewer than 1,500 votes. If voters turn out in similar numbers this time around, it could be decided by fewer than 200.

If the election comes down to such a razor-thin margin, do you really want to have to explain why you sat it out, why you chose not to perform your civic duty? We wouldn’t either.

We hope today’s issue is of help to you as you make your final voting decisions for 2012.