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When the polls opened before dawn on Oct. 24, a mother stood in line outside the Cedar Park Public Library to cast her ballot. She had a young baby, probably not yet a year old, strapped to her chest, and a little girl in hand who was still wearing her princess nightgown and yawning.

When you say “I don’t have time to go vote,” or “My vote doesn’t count,” you are wrong.

With more than 15 million registered in Texas for this election – the most in history – every vote is more important than ever in this close, contentious election.

Through the first eight days of early voting, 113,475 Williamson County residents have made their vote count. Through all of early voting in 2012, only 106,000 votes were cast in the county.

With two days left in early voting and then election day on Tuesday, there is still plenty of time for you to do the same.

Tuesday is the culmination of way too much campaigning at every level, but the last day is the most important day.

Election day is what makes our democracy what it is. Far from perfect, it still holds more promise than any system around and clings – even if at times only loosely – to the defining principles that make the United States what it is.

If you did not vote early, Tuesday is your day to exercise the most important right bestowed by our democracy – to go vote.

It is forever disappointing to know that barely half of those Americans eligible to participate in our democracy choose to do so. We have not surpassed 60 percent since the 1968 presidential election. This is our big chance to turn the bad habit of voter apathy around.

Voting is not difficult, it is not a chore and should never be seen as an inconvenience, yet many of us never make the effort.

When we take our problems and challenges and trace them back to their root cause, a lack of interest and participation in the democratic process is always part of the cause.

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