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Set example with early vote

If ever there was a time to set an example for the next generation, it is now. As early voting begins today for the Nov. 6 elections, important decisions are on the ballot — most notably who will be president for the next four years.

Ballots will include the U.S. House District 26 seat, where incumbent Michael Burgess is facing challenges from Democrat David Sanchez and Libertarian Mark Boler; an open county tax assessor/collector seat; state District 64 Rep. Myra Crownover’s bid for re-election against Democrat Mary Brown and Libertarian Ian Kull; and the brand-new state House District 106 seat.

Other decisions range from alcohol sales in Aubrey and Sanger to $20.4 million in bonds to repair Denton roads.

Issues also will be determined for Denton County entities including the Northwest Independent School District, Dallas, Frisco, Justin, Prosper, Trophy Club, Belmont Fresh Water Supply District Nos. 1 and 2, Canyon Falls Municipal Utility District No.1, and Water Control and Improvement District No. 2.

It is time to serve as an example by taking action, and it’s relatively easy. From now through Nov. 2, all Denton County residents can vote at any of the early voting sites listed below. So whether it is during a lunch break, before or after work, while visiting friends in a nearby town or passing one of the locations during an errand run, all it takes is a few minutes.

And those few minutes count.

As we’ve said in this space many times before, it is our right as U.S. citizens to have a vote in what government does and who represents us in government — be it local, state or national.

Though this information is printed elsewhere in the newspaper, we believe it bears repeating:

Except where noted, voting is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

The early voting sites are:

•  Copeland Government Center in Cross Roads

•  Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St.

•  Frankford Town Homes, 18110 Marsh Lane in Dallas

•  Joseph A. Carroll Administration Building, 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton

•  Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane

•  Justin Municipal Building, 415 N. College St.

•  Highland Village Municipal Complex, 1000 Highland Village Road

•  Flower Mound Police and Court Building, 4150 Kirkpatrick St.

•  Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St.

•  Frisco Fire Station No. 7, 330 W. Stonebrook Parkway

•  Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

•  Denton County Administrative Complex, 535 S. Loop 288 in Denton

•  First Baptist Church of Sanger, 708 S. 5th St. (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)

•  First Baptist Church of Roanoke, 209 N. Pine St. (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)

•  Christ Community Church, 6404 Paige Road in The Colony (closed Sunday; closing at 5 p.m. Oct. 31)

•  Corinth City Hall, 3300 Corinth Parkway (closed Wednesday; closing at 5 p.m. Nov. 1)

•  Svore Municipal Building, 100 Municipal Drive in Trophy Club (closed Sunday)

It is paramount to engage the next generation by showing the importance of voting. And, while we’re on the topic, we’d also like to suggest that election administrators in Denton County and across the state begin plans to provide opportunities for online voting.

If we start now, perhaps the nation can vote for president in 2016 from the comfort of our own homes via computers, laptops or cellphones. Sure, there are challenges with using new technology, but we have a whole new crop of smart, young minds to begin finding solutions.

It is the wave of the future — a wave we’d be smart to begin learning how to ride starting Nov. 7.