We can understand why a presidential election is a big draw for voters — we have been bombarded with advertising, news articles, talk shows, debates and more materials designed to get our attention for months.
It’s been difficult to buy a cup of coffee, visit the dentist, go to church, get a haircut or just about anything else lately without having to listen to a presidential sales pitch from someone, be it a friend, a neighbor or just some loud-mouth on the street corner tossing out opinions.
Plus, this has been a tightly contested presidential race, and that typically boosts interest.
That’s probably why reports showed a strong turnout for early voting and why county officials are expecting to see a lot of people visit the polls Tuesday on Election Day.
Yes, Election Day is finally here, or almost here.
Early voting ended Friday, so if you didn’t cast a ballot, you have 12 hours left to visit the polling place assigned to your precinct and take part in this election.
Yes, that’s right. We said the polling place assigned to your precinct. During early voting, you could vote at any designated polling place in the county, but that’s over and done. On Election Day, you have to vote at your designated polling place.
Don’t know your precinct number? You can call the Denton County Elections Office at 940-349-3200 to get help, or you can visit http://elections.dentoncounty.com.
As we said, we can understand why having a presidential election on the ballot boosts interest and turnout, but please don’t overlook the other decisions that need to be made Tuesday.
After all, some of the county and state races and local issues will have a more direct impact on your life than the presidential election.
In addition to the General Election, several Denton County jurisdictions will have issues on the ballot, including the Northwest school district, city of Aubrey, city of Denton, city of Frisco, city of Justin, town of Prosper, city of Sanger, town of Trophy Club and others.
In Denton, for example, voters will decide whether to approve a $20.4 million bond package to fund work on city streets. Supporters of the bond program say that the streets have long been considered one of Denton’s greatest liabilities.
We doubt if many local motorists would argue with that statement, and we support the street bond program, in spite of the city’s decision to allocate $400,000 for the creation of public art projects.
We wish the city’s “all-or-nothing” single-proposition approach to the street bonds had devoted all funding to the streets and nothing to art, but we’ll take what we can get.
If you haven’t already voted, please do so Tuesday. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.
And take your time while voting — don’t overlook all the important decisions that will be on the ballot along with the presidential race.
This is far from a one-issue election.