We’ve used this space more than once to chastise those — the great, great majority of locals — who can’t be bothered to vote in local elections.

We’d like to think we won’t be writing the same editorial later this week, but that’s dependent on how many people show up to make their opinions known on Tuesday as Clinton voters decide whether or not to extend the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., which is a plenty large enough window for most people to find time to vote. After all of the reader’s letters, school board commentaries and posts to our Web site discussion forum, we know people care about the issue. We just want to see the proof in a decent voter turnout.

Here’s a list of polling places to help get voters moving in the right direction. If you’re not sure which applies to you, call the Clinton County Auditor’s Office at 244-0568.

• Clinton, Ward 1: Chancy Lutheran Church, 2315 Wallace St., Clinton.

• Clinton, Ward 2: Graphic Arts Technology Center of Iowa, 1951 Manufacturing Drive, Clinton.

• Clinton, Ward 3: Clinton County Courthouse, 612 N. Second St, Clinton.

• Clinton, Ward 4: Clinton County Administration Building, 1900 N. Third St., Clinton.

Remember that this country fought for its independence over disgust at the idea of taxation without representation. But when we don’t bother to vote for the control of our tax dollars and our most important community asset — our local school system — we essentially concede indifference and show how little we care at all about anything outside our own lives.

We’d like to think this vote will be different from those in the past, but it’s hard to be optimistic in light of poor turnout recently. So get out there and prove us wrong — it’s the right thing to do.