Election Day is here, and though record numbers of people have already cast their ballots, millions more across the country will do so today as they head to the polls.

We can think of no other presidential campaign that has come close to what we’ve seen over the last year. There’s a sharp political division in this country that is palpable, a division that’s nothing like any of us has seen before. Layer the COVID-19 pandemic on top of it and tensions and anxiety are running high.

It remains to be seen if the election will be decided tonight. Rather, due to the high volume of mail-in voting this year, it could take days, weeks, or perhaps longer before we know the outcome.

Whatever happens, we know we join many of you when we say that whomever wins, the country must find a path back to being more united and civil.

We’ve been reminded quite a bit lately of the old story of President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, and then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Democrat, who fought each other on the issues but still found time for friendly chats over drinks when the day was done. We have to find ways to stand up for our beliefs while remembering that the person you’re arguing with is a neighbor, a friend and a fellow American. We need more of that now.

We seem to have more success doing that on the local level, so don’t forget that the presidential race is not the only option on the ballot.

There are plenty of local issues that will impact your daily lives a lot more than even the race at the top of the ticket.

Here in Frederick County, we will be picking three school board members, deciding important state and local questions, and choosing who will represent us in Congress.

The candidates have participated in forums, answered questions from our reporters and had supporters submit letters that ran on these very pages. As has been our policy, we do not endorse candidates. Instead, we try to provide as much information for you to make an informed decision. If you’re heading to the polls today, we’ll remind you that our election coverage and a voters guide is online.

Throughout today, we’ll be providing coverage at fredericknewspost.com with the latest (as our print deadlines permit) in our Wednesday edition. And if you get the newspaper delivered at home, that means you have access to the online edition as well.

Our reporters and photographers will be talking to voters, monitoring polling places and staying in touch with local election officials to report on the latest election news. After the polls close, we’ll post vote totals and get reactions from candidates and others.

In the coming days, we’ll continue election coverage — both online and in print — until every race is decided and confirmed.

There is plenty at stake. Our nation will decide who will lead it for the next four years, the make up of the Senate and House are up for grabs, and here in Frederick County, three of the seven board of education representatives will be selected.

One last thing. If you haven’t already, make sure to vote.

(13) comments

Blueline

I don't think that it's just a coincidence that the increase in animosity in politics reached all-time high levels with the arrival of Chuck Schumer in Congress. Previously, he was a slimy politician in the NY State Assembly, and when he became a Congressman he brought his tactics of pitting one group against another for political gains with him. Of course, he amplified this when he became a Senator. He's not the the only one of course, there are Schumer wanna-be's on both sides of the aisle. However he has become a major player in US politics, and his differing approach from Tip O'neill/Reagan methods has led us to where we are today.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@Blueline

Have you been living under a rock or something? You state this: I don't think that it's just a coincidence that the increase in animosity in politics reached all-time high levels with the arrival of Chuck Schumer in Congress.

So you don't think the orange one had anything to do with the increase in animosity in politics? But some senator who in reality has very little power, who I have hardly heard a peep from, was able to create this much animosity ? Really ? Is it warm under your rock, while you are under your rock do you also bury your head in the dirt below?

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

Also Blueline... "I don't think slavery existed until Lincoln freed the slaves."

bosco

Blueline, add Shifty Schiff to your list of swamp dwellers. What a kangaroo, soviet-style hearing he ran.

[ninja]

Greg F

Binky...your POS-OTUS is the one who is the chief swamp dweller who has done nothing but pump more filth into the swamp rather than drain it. Fortunately, it looks like voters are going to drain him soon enough....though we all know he will not go quietly into the night, he will go bawling and crying like the toddler he is.

phydeaux994

Nancy Palosi carries a much larger stick than Chuck. Nancy controls the Democratic House “Club” and Trump hates her for it. If you want to name a non-Trump purveyor of increased animosity in politics Blue, you might want to consider the “Grim Reaper” “Moscow Mitch” McConnell. Schumer has NEVER had any power. I think your Conservative Bias might be influencing your comments as to blame.

public-redux

1981? Please tell us more, Blueline. And McConnell since 1985.

Greg F

Wow...you just went right over the whole reason for the animosity that has been sown for as long as Mitch McConnell has been in office along with the likes of the Nazi Tom Cotton, and recently joined by a narcissistic goon named Donald J. Trump...who on Saturday before the election stated he would call it early, and then did....just to sow more animosity. Blueline..seems your brain went code blue.

Greg F

I should add, since you mentioned the days of Tip O'Neill, that since Regan hornswaggled the nation with "Trickle Down Economics," which Bush at that time said was "voodoo economics" because it was SO BAD, that the GOP has since (since finding out it worked like a charm to hose over everybody and make things actually trickle UP), that they have doubled and quadrupled down on the process, however avoiding the term Trickle Down since that left a bad taste in people's mouths because they realized it was bad. So, they repackaged it again and again, and Donnie Damage had his version that gave the uber wealthy what was left. Yet Flatblueline, CD, Boscov, Jerrycan, Jerseycow et all still haven't figured that out because Donnie Damage is just too slick for them as a snake oil salesman. He's dangled jobs returning (they haven't) and clean coal jobs coming back (the coal still hasn't been hand washed and the jobs are almost gone now), promised a wall built by Mexico (hahaha...as if), said he saved HVAC jobs that are now in Mexico, stuck us with the bill for the Tariffs he put on China (they don't pay, we do..still don't get it?) and has added TRILLIONS to the debt while completely ignoring the virus and literally saying he gives up on controlling it. His idiot kid Don Junior even called the deaths nothing last week while he looked more like he was on coke....so a 1000 deaths in a day are nothing? You really are brain dead.

DickD

Biden will be inclusive, Trump IS divisive. If you want civility, vote Biden.

bosco

Biden is a swamp dweller, Trump is an outsider. If you want more swamp, with a big dose of Socialism, vote Biden. It's all there in the Bernie-Biden Plan posted on Bidenz website. All 110 pages of more big government and less personal freedom.

Be careful what you are wishing for DickD.

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NewMarketParent

I'll take lifetime civil servant versus failed casino operator any time.

Greg F

Bonky....Trump is not an outsider. He is one of the wealthy who have always had an inside track. You can knock off the gaslighting. He had his ticket written for him since he first sucked the silver teet. He's blown more of it than most, but his con-artist skills have always kept him in the swing as there are still enough suckers like you to give him more.

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