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Macon County residents prepare to cast early ballots in October 2018.

Much like the winter weather that won't release its grip on Central Illinois, it seems like election season is never-ending.

The midterm elections of November immediately gave way to filing periods for, among other things, city and village leadership, school boards, park boards, community college boards, library boards, fire protection district boards. The election for these positions is April 2.

Pundits are already weighing the merits of a growing list of candidates for the 2020 presidential election and a handful of U.S. representatives have already have been targeted as vulnerable.

Whew. Like we said. Election season never ends.

While it's easy to look past the local elections, it could be argued these elections have the most impact on our daily lives. The people we elect April 2 will set the tone for how our communities confront the challenges put before them. And these decisions have a direct impact on our wallets, be it through their decision to impose taxes and fees and the attraction/retention of jobs that give people a reason to call the community home.

It can't be stated enough. The election that takes place April 2 is very important, which is why people must acquaint themselves with the candidates and take the time to vote.

Before, when voting was limited primarily to one day, people made all kinds of excuses for not voting. The recent election for Macon County sheriff should put that last excuse out to pasture. Opportunities to cast your vote early eliminates the others.

In Macon County, early voting is under way in the  county clerk's office on the first floor of the Macon County Office Building at 141 S. Main St. in Decatur. Until March 22, the office will allow early voting on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Office hours expand to 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the week before the election, as well as Monday, April 1. The lone weekend day for early voting will be Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Surely you can find some time within these hours to cast your ballot.

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Those who are registered must bring an ID or proof of their Macon County residency. Those who aren't registered can do so at the county clerk's office and vote that same day.

For those outside Macon County, check with your local election official for voting opportunities outside of the usual business hours.

Stop making excuses and vote.

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