Exercising your right to vote may not get us where we want to go but it is nonetheless one of the most important ways that you, as a citizen, get to express your opinions in our democracy, and it's an especially critical exercise this year.

Just think about what it would be like if you had no voice at all?

Consider: In a 1974 US Senate election in New Hampshire, Republican Louis Wyman beat Democrat John Durkin by just two votes. Four years ago, in 2008, Democrat Al Franken beat Republican Norm Coleman in a Senate race in Minnesota by only 312 votes. And who can forget the presidential race of 2000, when a scant 537 votes in Florida put the country on a knife-edge for weeks?

Your vote counts!