By Nathan L. Walls

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  • Encased/Raleigh
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  • Completed Snow Angel/Raleigh

Your vote

On November 6, 2012, you need to vote. Not just for president, either.

In North Carolina, there are races for governor, lieutenant governor and other Council of State offices, state legislature, congress, judgeships, county commissioner, etc. The down ballot races get far less attention, but it’s more likely that your vote will matter more. Please take the time to get ready.

First, If you’re in North Carolina and you have not already registered, you can do so until Oct. 12. Starting Oct. 18, you can vote early. If you haven’t already registered, you can register and vote the same day. See the NC Board of Elections site for more. In Wake County, visit the county Board of Elections early voting site for more info.

Second, know how you’re going to vote before you go. Research. In the Triangle, the N&O has a voting guide prepared by the NC Center for Voter Education.

Third, know when and where you’re going to vote Nov. 6 or through early voting.

No excuses, check your schedule, make sure you can vote, then make sure you’re prepared to vote. It matters.