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October 30, 2008 3:00 am

Voters inundated with information ¬ó vote informed on Nov. 4

Written by Tribune Staff

One thing this election is not lacking is information. For months, as candidates have campaigned, news organizations have provided an abundance of coverage — probably more than voters ever wanted.

A Google search for Barack Obama generates around 80 million results, while the search engine provides more than 90 million results for John McCain.

Coverage is so excessive that it has included everything from the price of GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin's wardrobe to where Obama's wife, Michelle, purchases her clothing (J. Crew, if you're curious).

At times, the unceasing national media coverage has become ridiculous.

Yet, through this meticulous reporting, voters have a wealth of information on important issues to refer to before entering polling booths on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

If you haven't made your mind up yet on a candidate or an issue, there still are a few days to get informed before Election Day.

The election has been covered at the national, state and local levels, and voters should make educated decisions about candidates and other ballot items.

With all the information and months dedicated to this election, what matters now is voting. Local, state and national government is in voters' hands — as Americans, we have the invaluable privilege of voting.

As an American citizen, make your voice heard in this pivotal 2008 election. Vote.