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Less than a week from Election Day, only one reader has asked me when the Advocate's editorial board will offer an endorsement in the presidential race. Perhaps that's because everyone interested read the small explanation we've published regularly on the Viewpoints page.

More likely, though, I suspect it's because only a few these days find newspaper endorsements particularly helpful in making up their minds. Particularly in the presidential race when so much information is available from many sources, how relevant is the opinion of your hometown newspaper's editorial board?

When I blogged about this topic in February, we had a lively conversation. Some said endorsements lowered their opinion of the newspaper. Others said newspapers had a First Amendment obligation to make them.

The Advocate's longstanding tradition has been to not offer endorsements in local races on the belief that interested voters can get to know their local candidates. We have in the past endorsed in state and national races.

This year, though, we decided to focus on explanations rather than endorsements. We've published on the Viewpoints page candidate question-and-answers compiled by state and local League of Women Voters. We also have published  information about the local candidates on our news pages in print and online at Election Central.

We hope you take advantage of these resources and all others available to you. Get informed. Make a difference. Vote.

And tune in Tuesday night to VictoriaAdvocate.com for live election results brought to you by multimedia news director Bill Clough and the rest of our news team.