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Our Opinion: Your chance to make a difference

Record-Courier editorial

For the next two weeks, Douglas County’s voters will join their counterparts across the country in deciding candidates who will hold national, state and county offices. Early voting begins today and continues through Friday, Nov. 3. Election Day is Nov. 7.

Elections are about choice and opportunity, and this year, voters are getting their ballot’s worth.

Poll watchers are saying races are close at all levels, from president to local candidates and issues.

Also on the ballot are state and county issues that will determine a lot about the future of Douglas County and its residents.

As a voter, you will be deciding the makeup of the county school board, easily the most hotly-debated race this year. Your vote will determine whether the county adds a quarter-cent to the sales tax for open space conservation. At the state level, voters can choose whether to change the Nevada constitution to ban same-sex marriages and legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

A third constitutional amendment would allow the state to invest in businesses designed to provide high quality jobs and stimulate the economy.

The candidates have made personal and financial sacrifices to run for office. Any one of them will tell you of the money and time involved in their decision to run.

The best way to pay them back is to take the time to vote. Remember, if you stay home, you can’t complain.