Anna Hartig
Contributing Writer

It’s that time again: election time, that time when politicians try to persuade you to vote for them with soaring visions of the future or dystopian visions of the future. No matter what some of the candidates for various offices say, an important set of issues this election is environmental issues. The politicians we elect to lead our republic for the next few years will affect anthropogenic climate change, water use, smog, mercury and contaminated water (think Flint, Mich.). If you care about these issues even slightly, be sure to vote. Investigate all the candidates for all offices on your ballot, because local and state elections can have a big impact on environmental policy.

We all know that elections can breed a lot of cynicism. But if you want to try to change the system, vote this Tuesday! If you’re voting locally, the polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Happy voting!