Don’t get left out of voting

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We’ve heard it said many times in recent weeks — there’s a lot at stake in the Nov. 6 general election.

Of course, we believe that is true about every election, which is why we encourage all registered voters to go to the polls whenever an election is held, whether it’s for a city council seat, a school board post, a county or state office, or a national race.

But there is no doubt that the Nov. 6 ballot will carry its share of key races. A lot of important decisions will be made when voters go the polls this time, and we’d hate for you to miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the process.

This is true no matter what your political views may be. It doesn’t matter whether you favor one party over another or if you remain undecided about which candidate to support, one fact remains — if you’re not a registered voter, you can’t cast a ballot.

Luckily, you still have time to register — you can still make sure that you get to fill out a ballot on Election Day. Your vote can still count.

But the deadline is drawing near — you have to act now.

Today is the deadline to register to vote, which means that you’ve only got a short amount of time to obtain a voter registration form, fill it out and get it to where it needs to go.

We have a story on our front page today about people making last-minute efforts to register voters, but we feel so strongly about this issue that we wanted to offer extra encouragement here.

A quick call to the Denton County Elections Administration office confirmed that you can visit its website at http://elections.dentoncounty.com to find out how to print out a voter registration form. Once you fill out the form, the best plan is to take it to the elections administration office and turn it in to make sure you’re registered.

The office is located in Suite 125 of the Carroll Administration Building at 401 W. Hickory St. in Denton. You can call the elections office at 940-349-3200 if you need more information.

You can also mail the registration form, but you have to make sure that your submission is postmarked by midnight today, so we’d recommend taking it by the office in person.

Once you are registered, you can exercise your right to vote as early as Oct. 22, the first day of the early voting period. The last day of early voting will be Nov. 2. You can find polling places and hours for early voting listed at the elections administration office website. (That’s a handy website, so make sure you keep the address handy for future reference.)

You don’t have to vote early, of course. A lot of folks celebrate the tradition of voting on Election Day. But whatever you choose to do, the entire process starts right here, right now. Before you can vote, you have to register.

Time is running short. Don’t get left out of the process.

 


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