Tomorrow is election day.

You're not voting for a president or governor, but frankly that's what makes tomorrow's election more important.

You'll be voting for borough council members, township supervisors, tax collectors, school boards, and mayors.

These are the individuals who make local policies in your respective community. They determine tax rates, pass ordinances, set garbage rates, decide on building projects, and even act on environmental issues such as sewage woes.

They pass dog laws, regulations on feral cats, and approve or reject handicapped parking privileges and respective costs.

In some municipalities, there might not seemingly be competitions. Don't be fooled. A strong right-in campaign can derail what looks like an assured victory for a candidate. By voting, you can help put in the write-in candidate or help secure the seat for the individual you want to win. By not voting, you can be damaging the chances of someone you would like to see emerge victorious.

Voting is a privilege in the United States. In many countries, the elections aren't as free.

In some countries voters are subject to violence just to be able to cast a ballot, yet they still form long lines on Election Days. They'd love to have the freedom and choices that we in America have.

It's easy to sit down and complain about government. You're not doing your part, though, if you don't work at making changes.

Of course it's frustrating when political leaders don't make the choices you would like to see made. Election Day is when you can either help to put them out of office or cast a ballot in their favor.

Election sites are located in virtually every community. The locations are divided into districts to assure nobody has to travel great distances to vote. Virtually all the sites are handicapped accessible.

Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."

He's right.

Abraham Lincoln said it even better. He stated, "Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters."

If you're a registered voter, get out tomorrow and cast your ballot.

If you're not registered, make it a priority to get registered by next year's election. It's the democratic thing to do.

By RON GOWER

rgower@tnonline.com [1]