We would wager that there are few in th

is country who have not been mesmerized by this year’s political conventions – last week’s history-making Democratic convention in Denver and the Republican convention still going on in Minneapolis.

Whatever one’s political leanings, however deep one’s cynicism about present leaders, and whatever one feels the mission of government should be, we all should take a deep and respectful breath in recognition of the fact that within a few months we will again witness the transfer of power of this great country. We have elections. And that is reason enough to vote.

The League of Women Voters of Evanston has been registering voters at farmers markets over the summer and at the library (main library and both branches) and will continue to do so through Oct. 7, the last day to register for the Nov. 4 election. On Sept. 27, the League, EvMark, NAACP Evanston-North Shore, and the YWCA Evanston-North Shore will stage VoterPalooza – 10 venues in downtown Evanston and two on the west side where people can register to vote.

All Illinois residents, including new and returning Northwestern University students, will be able to take advantage of the voter drive. To register, voters must present two forms of identification, one with proof of current address (neither need be a picture ID).

Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, state ID, postmarked mail, utility bill, rental contract, checkbook, school or work ID, credit card, or valid passport. To register, voters must be 18 by Election Day, Nov. 4.

Here are the voter-registration stages for Sept. 27:

Argo Tea, 1596 Sherman Ave.

Borders Books and Music, 1700 Maple Ave.

Burger King, 1740 Orrington Ave.

Evanston Athletic Club, 1723 Benson Ave. 

Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

First Bank & Trust, 820 Church St.

McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.

Panera Bread, 1700 Sherman Ave.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, 1215 Church St.

Ebony Barbershop, 1702 Dodge Ave.

We Are Beautiful, 1966 Dempster St.

Regardless of campaign mud-slinging, the possibility of what this country can be should be our focus.

Register early, before the fighting gets dirty. If you don’t register to vote, you can’t vote. If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about the results.

Besides, Frances Willard, Evanston’s pioneer for women’s suffrage, is probably watching.