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Thursday, March 30, 2023

We're sorry. We didn't mean to offend. Monday's editorial's headline, "Don't Vote," apparently rubbed many readers the wrong way.

We received more letters to the editor about this topic than every other article, column, editorial, photo and letter, except for those about Andrew Meyer and abortion.

Oh, who are we kidding? We're the editorial board. We're supposed to offend. We're supposed to inspire letters, dissonance and anger from our readers. It proves that you're reading.

Allow us to clarify: Yes, the headline said "Don't Vote." But it got you to read the editorial, didn't it?

And if you read it, you would have seen that nowhere did it encourage you not to vote in the presidential primary.

Many letters brought up a very good point: The presidential candidates aren't the only things on the ballot. State and local issues will be decided Jan. 29 - and for those, your vote will count.

The Alligator has never intentionally done anything to discourage you from voting, and Monday's editorial was no different. If anything, it was intended to bring the issue to a generally apathetic bloc's attention.

It's safe to say we succeeded.

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