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Mark Nov. 2, 2004, as the day Americans will choose the leader of the world's sole superpower. But, if recent history repeats itself, most Americans age 18 and older will opt out of voting in the presidential election.

We want to know what the newest potential voters think. The Gazette invites readers who will be old enough to vote for president for the first time next year to sound off on the campaigns, the candidates and the electoral process. Tell us what it will take to persuade yourself and your generation to vote in the presidential election. What must the candidates do or avoid doing to get your vote?

The older generations have set a poor example of civic participation by foregoing their right to vote. The Gazette asks the youngest voters, or soon-to-be voters to tell us what ought to be done to turn out the American vote.

Young Voices letters should be brief and to the point. Maximum length for publication is 300 words.

Please e-mail your comments to speakup@billingsgazette.com, fax to (406) 657-1208 or mail to: Pat Bellinghausen, P.O. Box 36300, Billings, MT 59107.

Include your name, mailing address, daytime phone number and your school or year of high school graduation if you are out of school.

Young Voices comments must be received by Nov. 4. The Gazette will print them on Sunday, Nov. 9.

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