Every election is important for the future of our cities, counties, state and country. That means any time we have an opportunity to let our voices be heard and take part in the decision-making process to determine that future, we should make full use of it.
Early voting in West Virginia begins today for the Nov. 6 general election, and we urge you to consider taking this time to cast your vote, especially if you feel there might be a chance you won't be able to do so on Election Day itself.
All it takes is a trip to your county courthouse during its scheduled voting hours between now and Nov. 3. Simply go in and fill out your ballot. It's as easy as that.
Remember there also are absentee ballots available for those who will be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote on Nov. 6.
County election officials already have been receiving absentee ballots, with 81 returned in Hancock County and 91 in Brooke County as of last Friday.
Voting is an important part of the operation of our nation. It gives us a voice and helps to determine who will lead us in the years ahead.
Programs such as early and absentee voting were designed to make certain as many citizens as possible have the chance to cast their ballot. Just remember, you can only vote once.
We encourage our residents to let their voices be heard, whether it be during early voting or on Nov. 6 itself.
It's your nation and your future.