The moment has almost arrived. On Tuesday, Nov. 8, you will have an opportunity to vote for a Governor, for a member of Congress, for local state senators and representatives to serve in the State House.

The question is, will you use it?

The stakes are high, as they always are. We are a divided nation engaged in hot debates over issues ranging from social problems to financial policies. We come to this time of decision after a long, hard pandemic.

We know that some say, “I don’t even watch the news anymore. It’s too depressing.”

We know people are sick of political ads.

However, it is important to take part in our democracy. It is vital to stay informed. Citizenship is a duty, not just a privilege.

Better writers and speakers than we have taken up this topic, and here is a smattering of quotes. We hope you feel inspired to get out to the polls and do your part. We hope to see you wearing that goofy “I voted” sticker on Tuesday.

Remember, you can find results on election night at elections.villagesoup.com and knox.villagesoup.com. Due to tight deadlines at the presses, we will not be able to share election results in the Nov. 10 edition, but will include a local roundup in the Nov. 17 editions.

“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King, Jr

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don’t vote.” — George Jean Nathan

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.” — Charles Bukowski

“It’s not enough to just want change … You have to go and make change by voting.” — Taylor Swift

“Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it.” — Susan B. Anthony

“Casting a ballot isn’t just something you do for yourself — it’s for our collective future.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Our nation is asking to hear your voice because November is coming and so is your choice. Do not throw away your shot.”— Lin-Manuel Miranda

“Your voice will be heard. And speaking as a bit of a singer myself, I know that can be a pretty good feeling.” — Eddie Vedder

We hope that offered some inspiration for election day 2022.