Today is primary day in Wisconsin, and compared with recent spring primaries, this one is fairly limited.
Still, as with any election, this is an opportunity for state residents to do their civic duty and take part in a democratically elected government.
That's the standard urging from newspapers on primary day, but the election process is anything but standard. You live in a municipality, county, state and nation where you can exert influence on who's in charge.
Ultimately, your vote has more influence than petitions or protests because it's counted and it's the surest way to say you support or disagree with those who represent you.
Today's primary features one statewide race - state Supreme Court justice. One of the three candidates - Justice Pat Roggensack and challengers Vince Megna and Ed Fallone - will be eliminated in this nonpartisan race, and the remaining two will face off again on April 2.
That will be the only ballot item for many municipalities.
Other primaries in Brown County include District 3 for the De Pere City Council, Zone 3 for the Pulaski School Board and two spots on the Wrightstown School Board.
No matter how big or small, these elections are worthy of your time and effort to get to the polling place.
But not everyone thinks so. Voter turnout is expected to be less than 10 percent, according to the Government Accountability Board. That means fewer than one in 10 eligible voters will vote today. In a democratic society, that's pretty bad. What sort of message does that send to the candidates? Does it say you don't care about the office? Are you giving those elected tacit consent to do what they like since they are beholden to only one out of every 10 people? Or does it say that voting is a right that we now take for granted?
What it does say is that some of us can't be bothered to vote. And that's too bad. We live in a state where the voting process is easy. You can still register on election and primary days. (And it appears it's going to stay that way. A study released Monday showed that it would cost $14.5 million to get rid of same-day registration at the polls.)
We understand that there might be some voter fatigue after the recall elections and the presidential primary and election last year, but you've had three months to rest. There's no reason not to vote. Get out there. Vote your conscience and encourage others to do the same.