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Editorial: Make your voice heard today

Tuesday is Election Day. You know what you have to do.

Off-year elections don’t typically attract the attention of their even-numbers cousins, when federal and state leadership hangs in the balance. That’s unfortunate, because important decisions will be made on Tuesday, when the results will determine who becomes Erie County executive, who serves on the Erie County Legislature, who watches the money as Buffalo city comptroller and who will be the new mayor of Niagara Falls.

The occupants of these offices will make choices that make a difference. Citizens need to make their own choices and to recognize that not voting is the worst one possible.

Some voters – though not too many – got a head start on casting their ballots as New York, for the first time, offered early voting. As a practical matter, its greatest service this year will be to function as a dry run for the 2020 elections, which are likely draw a large number of voters. This year’s inaugural effort should help to identify the bumps that could be troublesome in a busy year.

Polls will be open today from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. For those who don’t know where their polling places are, the internet is the best resource.

In Erie County, find your polling place here.

In Niagara County, find your polling place here.

Democracy requires some effort by the governed. Please make the time today to vote.

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Here are the candidates The Buffalo News editorial board has endorsed in this year’s election:

• Erie County executive: Mark Poloncarz

• Erie County Legislature, District 4: Kevin Hardwick

• Erie County Legislature, District 5: Jeanne Vinal

• Erie County Legislature, District 6: Edward Rath III

• Erie County Legislature, District 8: John Bruso

• Erie County Legislature, District 9: John Gilmour

• Erie County Legislature, District 11: John Mills

• Buffalo city comptroller: Barbara Miller-Williams

• Buffalo Common Council, Niagara District: David A. Rivera

• Niagara Falls mayor: Robert M. Restaino

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