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We're facing a historic election.

The country is divided between two very different candidates. Those differences have caused unprecedented polarization of the electorate.

The choice we as a nation make on Nov. 8 will impact the country for the next 20 years or so as one of the first duties of the new president will be to nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court — and more vacancies are foreseen in the next four years.

The next person to occupy the Oval Office will have to make decisions daily affecting the lives of the 318.9 million people in this country and some decisions that could affect the entire human race.

And yet, many people say they will refuse to cast a vote this year.

They say they don't like either of the major party candidates, or they don't think their vote will matter, or they just don't want to bother.

There are just under 219 million people in the U.S. who are eligible to vote, according to statisticsbrain.com. Of those, 146.3 million are registered.

Look at that again. Less than 67 percent of the citizens of this country who can vote in elections are registered to vote.

Heroes have spent the past two and a half centuries getting and guarding our right to vote. From George Washington to Susan B. Anthony to Martin Luther King Jr., people have been willing to fight and march and protest and die to be allowed to get a ballot and cast their vote.

And remember, we're not only voting for president this year. Pennsylvania is electing a senator, and every seat in the U.S. House and the state House is on the ballot. There are even some seats in York County that are contested.

Today, people are working to make it easier to register and to cast that ballot. In Pennsylvania, you can go online to register: www.votespa.com/en-us.

Not online? No problem. You can get a form from the Voting and Election Office at the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St.

Think it's too difficult to vote? Many other states are making that easier: voting through the mail, early voting, same-day absentee voting, same-day registration, automatic registration, those are all happening in other states. Well, maybe Pennsylvania will catch up on that sometime.

But for now, Pennsylvanians need to get on the roll and register to vote.

The deadline is Monday. Go online, go get a form, let the candidates and the parties know that you are paying attention and that you intend to have a say in how this country is run.

Then go make your choice on Nov. 8. Make your voice heard.

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