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Live in a county where the polls are open today? You still have time to do your civic duty.

It’s easy to focus on Washington politics and often forget about the impact local offices have on our daily lives — but that would be a mistake.

More than two dozen counties have local elections today and the polls are open until 7:30pm.

In November 2015, researchers from Democracy NC identified 69 cities in our state where the mayor or a town council member won their election by five or fewer votes.

In other words, your vote really does matter.

Need more motivation? Read today’s editorial from Capitol Broadcasting Company.

There are 110 local elections being held today in 24 counties around North Carolina. In Fayetteville, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Cary, voters will be picking mayors and city council members. They’ll be doing the same from Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County in the east to Flat Rock and Fletcher in Henderson County in the west.

Candidates have been working to rouse interest. The last few days there’s hardly a mailbox in cities holding elections that haven’t been filled with vote-for-me post cards and candidate solicitations.

If you haven’t had a candidate or campaign worker knock on your door, it’s because you haven’t been home. And it’s likely you’ve been greeted by a candidate at some community event or shopping venue.

Still, voters were hardly breaking the doors down at early voting sites in the Triangle: 18,039 in Wake County; 6,484 in Durham County and 6,387 in Orange County.

But that need not be a predictor of final turnout. Polls are open today from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Voters who don’t make it to the polls are telling the rest of us who do: “Go ahead, we’ll trust you to make choices for us. We’ll be happy with the decisions you make and promise not to complain a bit if local governments do things we don’t like.”

We may like our neighbors – but do we really trust ALL of them with our votes?

Want to know where to vote? Just click HERE and you can look it up.

Do you need a photo ID to vote? No – that law doesn’t go into effect until 2020. Got other questions? You can reach the State Board of Elections at 866-522-4723. There’s also information available at the State Board’s website.

There’s no better way for citizens to get a message to public officials than by voting.

Do it today. It’s your right, and obligation.

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