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As unfathomable as it was a week ago, the last few days saw another news story relegate the presidential election to second-tier status. But it took a brutal storm hitting the East Coast squarely in its heart, killing people and causing billions of dollars in damage. And even then, Story 1B was how Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were responding to Sandy on the campaign trail.

While we'd love to say that an event like this puts everything else in perspective, the fact is that the election should be big news. As should the right of all citizens to participate in it.

Zach Hagadone is a writer with Boise Weekly, a paper that's part of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, to which the Independent belongs. In a story he wrote for all AAN papers, presented here, Hagadone lays out the argument that little by little, business interests are helping to chip away that right. The equation goes like this: Find a way to disenfranchise historically Democratic voters, helping Republicans win political control; encourage the GOP to take its penchant for business deregulation as far as it can go; then reap the profits.

To some, it'll sound like conspiracy-mongering. But dozens of states have a tale to tell — including Colorado, as Chet Hardin points out here.

Regardless of party affiliation, if you're a registered voter, we hope you find a way to make your voice heard Nov. 6. After all, in a lot of ways, we in Colorado are lucky: We probably won't have to fill out our mail ballots by candlelight, or brave flooded streets to reach the polls.

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