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The period set aside for early voting in the Nov. 5 constitutional amendment election ends today, but area voters should still have plenty of time to cast a ballot.

Polling places will remain open until 7 p.m. on this last day of early voting, which will give harried commuters a little extra time to get to one of the designated locations.

During early voting, Denton County voters can cast their ballots at any area polling place, and a list of locations can be found at http://www.votedenton.com.

As its title implies, this election presents nine amendments to the Texas Constitution for voter consideration, but many area residents will be deciding other issues, as well. There are 11 jurisdictions in Denton County with some kind of measure on the ballot.

Those include a Denton school district bond election, a local-option election in Lewisville for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption and a bond election in Carrollton.

The city of Krum is trying for a second time to get bonds passed to allow for the construction of a new fire station and a public works building. In May, the bonds didn’t receive enough votes to be approved, and the City Council agreed to try again.

Flower Mound has a $16 million bond item before voters. If passed, the proposition would create a River Walk Public Improvement District, and the bond will be used to pay for the district’s improvements.

Bartonville seeks to fill two of its Town Council positions, and Hickory Creek has two items on the ballot. Proposition 1 would legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants, and the second item would reauthorize the town’s local sales and use tax at the rate of one-fourth of 1 percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of streets.

We realize that some past constitutional amendment elections didn’t generate much voter interest, but with a ballot of propositions, including bonds, special districts and alcohol sales, there are important local decisions to be made. We encourage readers who haven’t voted to go to the polls before today’s 7 p.m. closing time or on Tuesday.

As Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips told us recently, the local issues should interest voters.

“The city of Lewisville does have a local-option election for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption,” he said. “Often, those will generate some turnout. Denton ISD has a very large bond proposition. The city of Carrollton has a bond election.

“Those are the issues that can affect your tax rate. Hopefully, people will go out and have their say in them.”

We agree. There’s too much at stake in this particular election to let it slide. You may believe that this constitutional amendment election doesn’t really affect you, but we encourage you to take another look at the ballot.

When so many Denton County jurisdictions have measures before voters, the odds are that you will be directly affected.

Don’t miss the opportunity to make your vote count.


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