Tuesday is a red-letter day.

If all things went as intended, 100% of Ketchikan’s registered voters would go to the polls and cast their ballots.

It’s a safe bet that that won’t happen. The First City will be lucky to witness a 25% turnout.

Yet, this day is the opening act for November’s general election. The candidates who win their Tuesday primary races will advance.

Then, in late autumn, the wielders of political power in Alaska and Washington, D.C. will be decided. The winners will take their vision to the seats of government, and it is their views that will be put forth for voters (essentially all in Alaska and the nation) to abide by — at least until the next election. Longer, if changing their direction later on is time intensive.

In the meantime, the people can stamp their feet, shout, carry signs and protest — peacefully or not — but the elected officials hold the power. The majority of those aligned in thought make the decisions.

That’s why it is recommended that voters get to know the candidates and then check the boxes on the ballot with as much confidence as possible that their choice, if elected, shares their values and desires for the state and the nation.

Ketchikan’s polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. They close at 8 p.m.

It’s your turn to “bat.” Hit it out of the ballpark.

Vote!