Every vote counts make sure yours is one of them

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After the endless speeches and ads, debates and punditry, all the noise soon will cease. On Tuesday, Nov. 6 it will be just you, alone in the voting booth, choosing America’s future.

Although the same may be said every four years, with so much at stake now, this particular Election Day truly matters. Which is why every eligible voter should get to the polls.

We know our readers do not need any extra coaxing to exercise their right. That famously decisive Jewish vote we hear so much about? It’s you.

This publication has always maintained a strict nonpartisan stance when it comes to candidates. That does not mean we do not care about elections or their outcomes. Far from it. From municipal issues to electing a president, the weighty matters before voters this season impact every one of us.

On the state ballot next week are issues of import, many of which have been debated in j.’s op-ed pages: whether to continue the death penalty; whether to increase taxes to fund public education; whether to strengthen or weaken unions; and whether to increase penalties for the crime of human trafficking.

And at the top of the ballot, we have a dramatic choice between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

No reader should pay attention to those who say that any single vote for president does not matter in this very blue state of California, because the outcome is preordained. No outcome is in the bag or, conversely, out of reach for any candidate unless voters stay home. So, yes, your vote counts.

Though we don’t take positions on partisan politics, one thing we have to weigh in on is the effort taking place around the country to disenfranchise some citizens or to suppress the vote via ridiculously strict voter ID laws.

While it certainly is proper to make sure elections are accurate and that all voters are legitimate, many of these requirements — especially those rushed into law late in the election season — arguably are designed to curtail the franchise for whole classes of citizens.

Factor in that the purported impetus for these laws, namely voter fraud, is statistically a non-problem, and we have afoot an insidious movement to strip certain citizens of their most fundamental right in a democracy.

Democrats, Republicans, liberals and conservatives should all agree that this type of underhanded maneuvering has no place in America.

Meanwhile, here in the Golden State, all we have to do is show up. Make sure your voice is heard Nov. 6.