We will admit the last 16 months or so hasn’t been easy on the American voter.

We will admit the last 16 months or so hasn’t been easy on the American voter. The moment Donald Trump rode down an escalator to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” way back in June of 2015, the 2016 presidential election changed.

We’re not saying whether it changed for the worse or for the better in terms of his political views or Hillary Clinton’s views for that matter.

Trump’s entrance into the political arena signaled a new type of campaign. Perhaps no presidential candidate in history has lacked the internal editor that is needed to sometimes remain quiet on certain subjects.

But by the same token, that’s what has resonated with so many voters as well.

Maybe we here in North Carolina are just more privy to what has turned out to be a rather ugly campaign for president. After all, the state is considered a battleground and crucial for both candidates’ chances at winning the White House.

The polls — if they are even accurate or to be believed — have mostly sided with Clinton of late, but that means nothing on Tuesday. You, the American voter, will decide.

Of course, this election is much more than about a president. The U.S. Senate race between Richard Burr and Deborah Ross has been particularly nasty as well. Each candidate has all but accused the other of lies and deceit.

And, the governor’s race between Pat McCrory and Roy Cooper hasn’t been filled with pleasantries either.

Still, despite all the negativity in all these campaigns, the voters have been coming out. More than 3,500 people have already voted early in Havelock. That’s quite a number considering the city has slightly more than 10,000 registered voters.

Granted not all those 3,500 people may be from Havelock. They could have driven in from Harlowe or Carolina Pines to vote, and some may have been unregistered voters. After all, you can register and vote on the same day during early voting, which concludes on Saturday.

On Tuesday, Election Day, you must be a registered voter to cast a ballot, and you must cast that ballot at your proper precinct. Your vote still could be counted if you voted in the wrong precinct, but it would go in as a provisional ballot that must be verified before being counted.

This election has just a few more days to go. Considering how long we’ve been discussing it, the end comes as a blessing for many. We hope the country can put the negativity aside. We hope individual voters can put their negativity aside. Has the nation become so divided that compromise is no longer possible?

We hope not, and more importantly, we hope the negativity doesn’t keep you, the American voter, from the polls.

After all, you are the reason why this system called democracy works. Without you, it wouldn’t. Democracy relies on you, the American voter. Don’t be negative. Don’t let it down.