The midterm elections will be conducted on Tuesday, Nov. 6, and everyone’s vote counts.

This isn’t a presidential election, where the Electoral College might make people feel like their vote is nearly meaningless. Regardless, every vote counts.

For all Americans—Democrats, Republicans and everyone in between—the election will set the tone for the next two to six years.

If Republicans enjoy a successful election night, it offers evidence that President Donald Trump could be on his way to winning re-election in 2020.

If the Democrats rack up victories, it’s a sign that resistance to Trump is having a real effect on Americans.

In Illinois, voters will determine if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, as beleaguered as he is, can somehow fend off Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker and third-party candidates.

The 19th Ward is always known for its tremendous voter turnout, but there’s always room for improvement.

And, there are few excuses not to vote. If residents can find the time to participate in the numerous Queen of Hearts raffles going on around the community or buy a ticket for a Mega Millions jackpot that was at $1.6 billion, they can find a few minutes to get to the voting booth by Nov. 6.

Local voters have even more to look forward to on Feb. 26, 2019, when the mayoral and aldermanic elections will be held.

The mayoral race has never been as wide open.

Those who don’t vote have little room to complain, unless they have researched candidates and truly can’t decide. If that’s the case, others should respect that decision.

At the least, Americans have no reason not to be informed about the candidates. Their stances are readily available in newspapers, online and on TV.

Many races will affect the Beverly/Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood communities, and many local candidates are running.

Voters need to do their homework, then head to the voting booth.

Early voting is underway and available at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., until Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

For people living in the city, more information is available at