So we come, at long last, to the end of this interminable election.
Paid political consultants aside, there aren't many people who will be sad to see this campaign end. Many more of us only hope that it actually is over on Tuesday night. This has been a parade of ugliness, an election marred by threats of violence, rising anger and an unsavory intervention by the FBI.
And now that the candidates have done their parts, it's time for the rest of us to do ours.
This is a country built by a billion hands. It's an idea so basic that one of our founding documents begins with "we the people," written by men who would have laughed, while possibly raising the militia, in the face of a man claiming to be the only person who can keep America safe. That legacy comes with an enormous responsibility though.
Every two years we are entrusted to overthrow the government and choose a new one. On Tuesday it's time to do so again. Here are a few useful tips as you prepare to cast your ballot:
There are credible threats of violence at the polls on Tuesday.
This doesn't mean that you need to be scared, and you absolutely should still go vote, but it does call for people to be careful.
"I think there's a fairly big risk," said Richard Roth to speak on this issue, a former member of the Secret Service and executive director of CTI security consulting. "Not something that I would call the gendarmes on, but I have put out there that everyone needs to keep their eye open."