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  • That's all, folks

    Now the real work begins; it will be done only if we put the election behind us
  • It's all over but the counting, but there is still time to get your mail ballot in to the Jackson County Clerk's elections office.
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  • It's all over but the counting, but there is still time to get your mail ballot in to the Jackson County Clerk's elections office.
    If you didn't mail your ballot, it's too late to do that. Ballots must be received in the elections office by 8 tonight to be counted. Postmarks do not count.
    Fortunately, the county has provided five drop-box locations to make voting as convenient as possible. Here's the list. All locations except Rogue River are open 24 hours a day and all are open until 8 tonight:
    MEDFORD: Jackson County Elections, 1101 W. Main St., Suite 201. Curbside ballot drop box (left lane on West Main Street).
    ASHLAND: Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. Curbside ballot drop box by book drop in alley off Gresham Street.
    CENTRAL POINT: Central Point library, 116 S. Third St. Walk-up ballot drop box.
    EAGLE POINT: Eagle Point library, 239 W. Main St. Walk-up ballot drop box.
    ROGUE RIVER: Rogue River City Hall, 133 Broadway St. Open 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 8 tonight.
    Starting tomorrow — or as soon as the presidential race is decided, whichever comes first — it will be time to look forward, not back, and to leave behind the animosity that characterized this election campaign.
    If you believe the prognosticators, President Obama is headed for a narrow win in the popular vote and a somewhat larger margin in electoral votes — the number that actually decides the outcome. But prognosticators have been wrong before.
    We won't presume to predict the outcome. But we do hope there is a clear decision, one way or the other.
    The last thing the country needs is a drawn-out legal battle over the outcome. Given the deep divide in the electorate, there will be more than enough ill will even if the result is not in doubt.
    No matter who wins — or when — the country faces big problems, not the least of which is the federal deficit. There is no mystery about the solution. Democrats must accept some budget cuts, and Republicans must come to terms with some new tax revenue.
    Screaming about the election outcome won't change that, or fix it.
    That's why it's vitally important for everyone — Democrat or Republican, independent, Libertarian or anything else — to put the election behind them, especially if their candidate came out on the losing side. The newly elected president will have his work cut out for him and will likely face a still-divided Congress no more functional than the last.
    Politicians and voters who disagree with you are not your enemy. They are not evil.
    They are just as American as you and they want the same things: a prosperous country with a growing economy and a secure world. Those things are achievable, but only if we work together. And achieving them is less dependent on who lives in the White House than partisans on either side would have you believe.
    We're just glad the election is over.
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