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Editorial: Calling all voters - Tuesday is your day

This is the day it’s all been about. And it comes down to you.

Polls open in the Valley at 7 a.m. today for 13 hours of balloting. It will be a long day for poll workers, a stressful one for campaigns and, we hope, an empowering one for voters who exercise democracy’s precious franchise.

Across the country, the results of today’s voting will choose a president. When those results will be known remains uncertain, because President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney enter the final day of their contest closely matched, according to many polls.

In Massachusetts, a fractious race between Sen. Scott Brown and his challenger, Elizabeth Warren, should be decided before midnight, as will races and ballot questions of special interest to groups of voters depending on where they live.

Easthampton school adminstrators will learn whether voters approve an additional $1.4 million in funding through a property-tax override.

The Hampshire County Registry of Deeds will get a new chief, either Democrat Mary Olberding or independent George Zimmerman.

And three statewide ballot questions will decide important matters. They include whether the state will allow terminally ill patients to choose when to end their lives, whether the use of medical marijuana will be made legal and whether manufacturers must supply technical information on vehicles.

Extensive coverage of all these issues, including our endorsements, remains available on GazetteNET. Today, look for coverage of voting, and tonight, the big payday of voter decisions.

This year, people who want to win or influence your vote spent astronomical amounts of money. It costs nothing to vote and yet is priceless.

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