Sometimes when I stand in the voting booth and prepare to mark my ballot, I feel grateful for a job that allows me such access to candidates.
There are other ways to become informed, of course. Some organizations sponsor "Meet the Candidate" events, although candidates often tell us these events are not well attended. While many of them show up faithfully, they sometimes find themselves addressing each other and the sponsors.
Such disinterest also is reflected in low voter turnout, a perennial day-after-the-election story.
My thoughts about this have changed over time.
Yes, it just seems right that more people should vote. But what's really needed is more people informed enough to do so.
Some people always vote. The ethic was instilled by their parents, and they accept the responsibilities that come with citizenship in a democratic society.
But that responsibility is not forced, and low voter turnout may suggest the ethic is eroding.
It may be that people simply aren't that unhappy with what's going on around them or, more likely, believe their vote has no impact.
So we've reached the point where some among us are so responsible and engaged that they hotfoot it to the courthouse before Election Day while others aren't bothering to vote at all.
I've worked a lot of election nights, and here's the one prediction I'm willing to make: Something unexpected will happen.
Those who thought their vote didn't matter may discover they were just plain wrong.
Come Wednesday, a cast of players will have been chosen to make decisions that affect all of our lives.
Friend is editor and publisher of the Daily Mail. She may be reached at 348-5124 or nan...@dailymail.com.