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It would be an understatement to say that politics has become a 24/7 conversation from coast to coast. And as important as it is for people to remain engaged and informed about local, state and national issues, it is also vital that people take an active role in the process by voting for the candidates they want representing them.

Among the elections Cayuga County area residents should be paying attention to include five competitive races for state Assembly and Senate seats and the 24th Congressional District.

For those who haven't already done so, there is still time to register to vote for the Nov. 6 general election. In-person registration is taking place through Friday, Oct. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cayuga County Board of Elections, 157 Genesee St., Auburn. And voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications and other information is available online at cayugacounty.us/County-Government/Board-of-Elections.

And speaking of those representatives we will be sending to Albany, making it easier and more convenient for people to vote should be one of their top priorities. In New York the federal primary in June and state and local primary in September could be held on the same day to make it easier for people to participate. And the significantly shorter primary poll hours should be extended. The Legislature also has the power to extend the deadline for voters to change their party enrollment before primaries and institute early voting, which would see polling places open several days before a general election.

Too many people still fail to take part in the process of electing their local, state and federal representatives. And while there is only so much that can be done regarding apathy, our lawmakers should be doing everything they can to make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate.

So register by Oct. 12 and vote on Nov. 6. And then let your representatives know what they should be working on on your behalf.

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

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