Across New Hampshire itís town Election Day and across the Seacoast there are many important items on local municipal and school district ballots.

Will you go to the polls today to elect town officials and, in some cases vote on multimillion-dollar capital projects?

In our view there is no better way to influence the quality of life in your hometown and the quality of education in your local schools than to vote in local elections (and attend town and school district meetings if your communities still have them).

In Rye, voters will once again face a question about whether or not to build a new town hall, along with multiple questions regarding the siting of cell towers and dog leash rules. There are no contested races for elected office.

In Greenland, voters will be asked to approve $2.9 million for the construction of a new fire station.

Newington has contested races for 1-year and 3-year terms on the Planning Board as well as for library trustee.

Exeter is asking voters whether to approve $4.5 million to renovate and repair the town library as well as $250,000 for creating design and engineering plans for improvements to the town's Recreation Park.

The ballot also features four candidates running for two seats on the Select Board.

And the Exeter Regional Cooperative School Board is asking voters in the six-member towns for $17.8 million to complete work on the middle school that should have been completed 20 years ago. We urge voters in Exeter, Stratham, Brentwood, East Kingston, Kensington and Newfields to support this much needed and fiscally responsible measure. It needs a 60 percent majority to pass, so every vote counts.

Hampton will tackle a proposed smoking ban on town beaches, parks, cemeteries and other public spaces as well as whether to fund four new firefighter positions with the aid of a SAFER grant. Eight zoning amendments will also be on the ballot including one that would require homes built or significantly renovated near the marsh be raised on pilings.

The most hotly contested electoral race is for town clerk, with three candidates vying for a single position that pays $61,971.96.

North Hampton voters will decide whether to spend $375,000 from the town's unassigned balance to purchase a parcel of land at 216 Atlantic Ave. for the future use of public facilities.

Epping has an interesting non-binding referendum question asking voters whether or not the town should have a say on Liberty Utilitiesí proposed natural gas pipeline and storage facility in town.

Across the state 29 more communities, including East Kingston, are considering whether to allow Keno in town.

We urge all those who donít live in cities to be a part of their communities and vote in town elections today. Youíll see a bunch of your friends and neighbors, and in many communities youíll be asked whether you support spending more in taxes for upgrades in public facilities and services that directly impact your quality of life.