For almost three weeks now, the Enterprise has been informing readers about their choices in Tuesday's election with our Voter Guide, a series of in-depth candidate profiles for every race in the greater Tri-Lakes area. It started Oct. 18 with "Friendly foes," a story on Derek Doty and Roby Politi's amiable contest for supervisor of North Elba, the most populous town in the Enterprise coverage area - as well as in all of Essex County, giving it the greatest power in the county board's weighted voting system.
The Voter Guide is the same pre-election coverage you've always expected and received from the Enterprise, just with a identifiable name and tag.
Today's paper contains the last of this year's Voter Guide, leading with a rather amazing, acrimonious drama in the town of Franklin's highway superintendent face-off. We have now covered every contested race in our coverage area, hopefully giving you everything you need to know to make smart decisions Tuesday. The Enterprise is not endorsing any candidates this year, so now we turn it over to you.
The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
So what if there aren't any national or state races this year? You still have to vote, if you're eligible. It's your duty - a critically important one. We are free because we can assert our choice over our leaders, locally and beyond. To not vote is to treat one's freedom as flimsy and worthless, and that's a shame.
Maybe you haven't been paying attention and don't know who's running for what where you live. Well, you still have plenty of time. Reading up on your local races is easy and quick. Check copies of the Enterprise since Oct. 18, or quicker yet, if you have Internet access, go to www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com, find the search box at top right and search for the town you live in, maybe adding a word like "election" or "candidate" to narrow the results.
Also be sure to read Friday's story on the four candidates for three state Supreme Court judge positions. The Fourth District includes the whole northeast corner of the state, and these are 14-year terms.
If you live in St. Armand, Wilmington or Santa Clara, you don't have any options on your ballot but you will get at least one new town official who's running uncontested. We wish our reporters had time to profile these shoe-in representatives, too, but the large number of contested races have taken up all our time. We'll try to write more about them after Election Day.
Even in such cases, it's still important to vote, at least to choose which Supreme Court judges you want.
No other media source in this area comes close to providing as thorough election coverage as the Enterprise. If you want to know what's going on around here, you have to read this paper. And we hope you do want to know. But like voting, it's your choice.
Choose to know.