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Sophia Vroman, 3, selects a coat to try on with her mother, Nicole, during the annual Warm the Children coat giveaway at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn.

HIT: To the arrival of Election Day.

Throughout the nation, a foundation of American government unfolds today as citizens make their choices for elected offices. This year in Cayuga County, voters are going to make plenty of decisions. Unlike in so many past years, when ballots were likely to be filled with uncontested races, we have competitive races for all five state legislative and the sole congressional seat representing this county.

Interest in this year's elections appears to be strong, and that has many people predicting mid-term turnout at levels not seen since the 1960s.

MISS: To the people who will not exercise their right to vote.

While turnout is expected to be high compared with the recent past, there's still going to be a large segment of the eligible population that won't take part in the process. There are all kinds of reasons people give for not voting, and most of them are downright pathetic. This is your opportunity to have a voice in your local community, region, state and country. Treat it as the precious gift that it is.

HIT: To the Syracuse University football team, which continues to reach levels of success not seen in a long time for this program.

Following a road victory against Wake Forest on Saturday, the Orange climbed to No. 13 in the Associated Press weekly poll. SU hasn't been that high since 1998.

We hope to see a Carrier Dome packed with appreciative and energetic fans for the team's final home game on Friday night.

HIT: To the volunteers and donors who make the Warm the Children program run every year.

Last week, more than 1,200 children in need received free winter clothing during the distribution days for this program, a partnership of The Citizen, Auburn Rotary Club and the Seneca/Cayuga Community Action Agency. A lot of volunteer hours and community-donated dollars make this program run, and its success is a reflection of the remarkable generosity and spirit of Cayuga County residents.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.

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