The election may be the last thing voters want to think about, after enduring Sandy and months of candidate backbiting.
Tuesday, however, one person's vote could break a tie or, better yet, avoid a recount.
In 2010, there were five recounts in state legislative seats because the races were so close. This year, there were recounts in two Democratic primaries. Indeed, an unprecedented two recounts in the 5th House District primary ended in a tie — proving that every vote counts.
This could be the year of close races. The U.S. Senate race in Connecticut has been neck and neck for months. The contest for the 5th Congressional District seat is also a nail-biter. Your vote will matter.
Below are The Courant's recommendations. The newspaper's top choices are in CAPS. To make them, the editorial board interviewed major-party candidates for Congress and did extensive research. The interviews are at http://www.courant.com/candidates and the endorsements at http://www.courant.com/opinion.
Polls are open 6 a.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesday. You can find your polling place at the secretary of the state's website, http://www.ct.gov/sots. Don't forget to bring ID, such as a driver's license or a utility bill.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (Republican)
BARACK OBAMA AND JOSEPH BIDEN (DEMOCRAT)
Rocky Anderson and Luis Rodriguez (Independent)
Linda E. McMahon (Republican, Independent)
CHRISTOPHER S. MURPHY (DEMOCRAT, WORKING FAMILIES)
Paul Passarelli (Libertarian)
U.S. House of Representatives
John Henry Decker (Republican)
JOHN B. LARSON (DEMOCRAT, WORKING FAMILIES)