America gets ready to usher in new era

Whether your vote tilts left, right or somewhere in between, citizens who cast a ballot today, Election Day, will likely be making history.

Barring a repeat of the 2000 election debacle in which the state of Florida and their “hanging chads” kept America wondering who the next president of the United States would be, it should be evident by tonight what new chapter of history Americans have written — either electing the nation’s first black president in
Barack Obama, or making Sarah Palin the first female vice president by electing John McCain president.

Either way, voters are expected at the polls in numbers like never before.

They’ll also be casting votes today in a hotly contested race for one of Colorado’s U.S. Senate seats, voting for either Democrat Mark Udall or Republican Bob Schaffer.

In addition to Colorado’s presidential and U.S. Senate contests, local voters also face a number of important decisions and questions.

In the race to represent Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Democrat Rep. John Salazar is opposed by GOP hopeful Wayne Wolf of Cedaredge.

The state House District 55 race is between incumbent state Rep. Bernie Buescher, D-Grand Junction, and Collbran Republican Laura Bradford.

Voters are also faced with 14 statewide ballot questions, on a wide range of subjects.

Even more locally, voters are being asked to decide whether to hike taxes for a number of new initiatives: building new schools in District 51, constructing new public safety facilities and firehouses in Grand Junction, and funding a new public recreation center in Fruita.

For information about where, when and how you can vote today, go to


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