Voting early this year may be the only way to save our Democracy, or at least lessen the damage caused by the Nov. 3 general election.

President Trump has made it clear he may not abide by the results of the election. He said he believes the election will be rigged and says mail-in ballots can’t be trusted.

Many Americans agree with him.

He has threatened to simply stay in office after the election until the votes are certified trustworthy, which could take years and maybe a Supreme Court decision.

One way to avoid harming our Democracy is to vote early and in person.

Whether you vote Republican or Democrat, whether you are a Trump supporter or NeverTrumper, vote early. Get your vote in BEFORE ELECTION DAY.

If you wait to vote on Election Day, your vote may be among the millions that have to be counted and recounted, checked and rechecked.

Most every election expert agrees the election results will most likely not be available on election night, due to the checking and recounting.

So it’s already going to take days, if not weeks or months to decide the winner.

We certainly don’t want it to take years and a Supreme Court decision.

We can skip that hassle by casting ballots early.

If you plan to mail your ballot in, do it as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the last minute.

It’s important to have as many ballots counted on Election Day as possible.

Remember, lines on Election Day will be longer than usual due to the precautions taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Some voters may not even be able to cast their ballot until the wee hours of the morning.

Whether Trump or Biden win the election, it's important for our Republic and our Democracy that there's a smooth transfer of power and that the winner take office in January 2021.

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