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Viewpoint: October 1, 2008

It's amazing what happens to our streets at kickoff time in Tiger Stadium. The tail-gaters have long been in position outside the stadium. The game traffic is over. The rest of us sit in front of TV sets with family and friends to watch the game and the streets are bare. We are a metropolitan area that proudly unites and clears the streets for football, and it is a wonderful feeling.

This Saturday, there is no game in Tiger Stadium. There is no LSU game on TV. We would like to see that same united spirit move our citizens to the polls. It is Election Day. And this is an important election; with candidates for mayor, metro council, district attorney, and judges from family court to the state Supreme Court on the ballot.

For this same primary four years ago, voter turnout was only 45%. The Tigers were on the road at Auburn that day. Those of you who do vote this Saturday will help set the course for our city's future. It is an exercise in democracy that should be as important as a football game.
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