Every vote is important.
How well we remember that from the 2000 presidential election in Florida.
Please make sure you cast your vote when the polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Collier and Lee counties.
There will be partisan primaries, such as for County Commission nominations in both counties, as well as School Board races that transcend party labels and are open to all. At least three and maybe all four will be final, with winners taking office.
In Collier, a new sheriff will be elected outright, again by all voters.
In Lee, where a no-party candidate waits in the wings for Nov. 4, the Republican primary for that office will be pivotal.
Your choices are the ones that count.
Collier County now has 197,819 voters. There are 100,427 registered Republican; 50,303 registered Democrat; 8,592 registered as “other” and 38,497 nonpartisan.
In Lee County, there are 295,780 total voters, broken down as 89,467 registered Democrat; 138,744 registered Republican; and 67,569 registered as “other.”
For last-minute questions about voting, call the Supervisor of Elections Office in Collier, 252-8450, or in Lee, 533-8683.
Then, please, get out and vote on Tuesday.