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We generally avoid politics here at Minor League Ball, keeping the focus on baseball, the thing we can all agree on. But today is election day and rather than ignore the elephants and donkeys in the room, I wanted to open up a thread and talk about voting.

My mother's family emigrated from the war-torn Middle East in the early 1960s. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother urging me to be politically aware and to VOTE. Most people in human history have not had this right. Free and open elections are not something we can take for granted and it has only been in the last 50 years that this right was truly recognized for all citizens of our country.

I will not tell you who to vote for, and indeed, let's avoid a political argument in the comments section. No electioneering, please.

But I do urge you to consider voting as a sacred act, honoring those who came before us and all those who died so we can have this right.

It is voting and being involved that will keep the path of freedom and justice wide for all the citizens to come.

Apathy is the enemy. Make your voice heard with your ballot.