Nov. 6 is Election Day, and in a lot of ways the future of our country, and our state, is on the line.

Nov. 6 is Election Day, and in a lot of ways the future of our country, and our state, is on the line.

The United States is going through some tough times, and the pick for president will help decide what sort of philosophy, and policy, will move us forward and help repair our economy and our middle class. There is a lot of disagreement about the best course of action, and a lot of rhetoric from both sides that can seem overwhelming. However, in the voting booth, there is only the individual and their voice.

The United States needs as many individuals to get out and vote as possible, so that no matter where opinions vary, the decision made as a country is one that reflects the desires and interests of as many individuals as possible.

Voting is equally important on the state and local level. Representatives, commissioners and councilmen all help decide the way government will operate, and the decisions it will make. More so, this year Minnesota is in the spotlight. Voter ID and the definition of marriage are issues that are frequently part of the national dialogue and, on Nov. 6, Minnesota will be making a statement to the whole country about them.

Whatever your beliefs may be, this is the time to take action on them, and help sculpt our nation. Both questions carry equal weight. Liberal and conservative talking points on the voter ID issue agree on one thing: this decision will have a large impact on the voting landscape in the future. The question of whether to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman isn't merely a personal, ideological one at this point: the vote will be deciding if the Minnesota State Constitution should be forever altered.

There is gravity to this election, and I encourage everyone to respond and act, no matter how they may decide to vote. When the votes are tallied, we'll be in it together.