What’s the top listing on your calendar today?
Well, if you haven’t voted in the Texas constitutional amendment election, we urge you to make that a priority. Since the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you should be able to find time to cast a ballot.
We realize that you’ve got to get the kids to school, run errands, attend meetings and meet friends for lunch, but voting only takes a few minutes. Skip dessert and hit the voting booth — you don’t need all those extra calories, and you’ll thank us for it later.
And before you tell us that this one isn’t worth the trouble, think again. In addition to the nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, many Denton County residents are being asked to decide key local issues.
Residents of 11 jurisdictions will decide the outcome of options ranging from bond proposals to alcohol sales.
We’re hoping to see a strong turnout at the polls today, and the results of early voting have us feeling optimistic.
Denton County Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said early voting drew 12,537 people to the polls. That number, he said, represents a 3.27 percent turnout of registered voters for early voting. Early voting in the last constitutional amendment election, in 2011, drew 4,579 people, a turnout of 1.29 percent.
Early voting totals exceeded the entire turnout for the 2011 election, when only 2.99 percent of registered voters showed at the polls, Phillips said.
Some of those local issues we mentioned may have played a key role in getting people to the polls for early voting, Phillips told us.
Residents in the Denton school district are considering a $312 million bond package that would fund a fourth high school, the district’s 23rd and 24th elementary schools, an eighth middle school, a ninth-grade addition at Guyer High School, renovations at 17 campuses, energy conservation improvements and land acquisition.
Phillips reported that 4,036 early votes were cast in the area covered by the Denton school district.
The city of Krum will try for a second time to get bonds passed to allow for the construction of a new fire station and a public works building.
The town of Flower Mound has a $16 million bond item before voters. If approved, the proposition would create a River Walk Public Improvement District and pay for the district’s improvements.
In the Lewisville school district, residents are being asked to elect a candidate to an unexpired term on the school board, and Bartonville seeks to fill two of its Town Council positions.
Hickory Creek has two items on the ballot: one to legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants, and the other to 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.
As we said, this is an important election — several of the decisions will directly affect you and your family, your quality of life and your pocketbook.
That makes it personal, so don’t be left out — make sure your voice is heard.