With the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787, the framers set a course of a then unheard of form of Government, a Republic.
Under that Republic, it is up to the people to select Representitives (and later by the 17th Amendment, Senators) to represent our interests on a National level.
Today represents the one responsibility that we the people have to the direction our country is going, and that is by voting. I encourage everyone to vote today, as our Republic depends on it.
And before you ask, yes, I voted in the Texas early voting.