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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Although the lines were short around lunchtime, arrows on the floor indicate the high voter turnout early this morning at Pony Express Elementary School in Eagle Mountain, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
It’s Election Day!

It’s Election Day. So go vote, already!

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America’s citizens have their say today — Des Moines Register Editorial

The First Amendment gives you the right to criticize your government without reprisal. To really earn that right, you need to cast a ballot, though. If you haven’t voted already, head to your polling place today. ...

Celebrating freedom by voting — Deseret News Editorial

Time to make your choice — Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

Not too late to vote, make your voice heard — Seattle Times Editorial

Vote today; it’s the most important civic duty — Tulsa World Editorial

This guy was serious about it:

Southfield Twp. voter appears to die, then asks ‘Did I vote?’ — The Detroit News

A better country than the campaign tells us — David Sarasohn, The Oregonian

And some other things to worry about:

Transparency of elections hangs in the balance — Sacramento Bee Editorial

No matter how they cast ballots today, voters on both sides of the aisle should be alarmed at the amount of opaque money that is bankrolling television advertising for and against candidates and ballot measures, at nearly all levels of government. ...

End the electoral college — Everett Herald Editorial

... Amending the U.S. Constitution to ensure more equitable voting sounds like radical surgery, but it’s not. Americans have done it six times in the past, most recently with the passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. We can do it again, enshrine the popular vote, and put Washingtonians on an equal footing with Florida and Ohio.

So sorry Buckeyes — it’s only fair.

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