"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
The most fundamental threat to any democracy is voter apathy, and the sad truth is, many of us do not vote.
In North Carolina, there are nearly 6 and one half million registered voters.
But in the last presidential election, only 66% of us cast our ballots.
Now think back to 2008: the United States was engaged in two wars.
The country was mired in economic recession.
The housing market had collapsed and the banking industry had virtually imploded.
Yet a third of the electorate did not exercise their most basic right as Americans.
Look, we're not here to pick sides about which candidate has the better plan going forward.
But if you'll be at least 18 years old on Election Day, you're a US citizen and a resident of North Carolina, we absolutely want to get you involved in the process.
You can register by mail through October 12th.
You may also register in person and vote early during the "one-stop" voting period from October 18th through November 3rd.
Abraham Lincoln famously called democracy "government of the people, by the people and for the people."
So please, register today and vote on November 6 for whomever you decide is most fit.
Because WBTV is "On Your Side," we encourage everyone to "Speak Out" – tell us what YOU think. SpeakOut@wbtv.com.