Posts Tagged ‘League of Women Voters’

Report from an early voter

We’re all encouraged to vote early in order to alleviate possible crushes at the polls on Election Day itself.

Early voting began yesterday and will end on Friday, October 31. Here’s a list of the polling places for early voting, and any registered voter may vote at any of them, whereas on Election Day we are expected to vote at our precinct polling places. A good nonpartisan guide to the candidates’ positions and to the issues on the ballot is on line courtesy of the League of Women Voters.

I like to vote at the court house but today it was easy to vote at the Ruiz branch of the library, another favorite place. I love the genial election people at both locations. At slightly before noon, the tally at Ruiz for today’s voters stood at 65. I saw several voters who had never voted before. All voter stands remained busy, but the line of chairs for waiting voters never served more than one person while I was observing.

As a reward for having voted, there was a quick-stop at the Dairy Queen just off Riverside on Town Creek Drive. I liked it that the doorway to the restrooms was ornamented with safety tape that said “enter at your own risk.” That was just one of the festive decorations for Halloween.

Thirty questions answered

Candidates for city council running in the local election set for May 10 (remember; the primary run-off election is on April 8, with early voting ending April 4) have stepped up and answered an additional set of thoughtful questions. This time, the questionnaire is from the BAT-PAC people. Whatever anyone thinks of the BAT endorsements, these questions and the replies that they elicited are the sort to assist the undecided in making up their minds. They’re just as useful as the earlier responses to the ANC battery of questions and the yet-to-be released responses to the League of Women Voters issue queries. This is the preamble to a question about an issue that I believe to be extremely important, especially in view of the rush to unload City-owned land downtown and transfer it into private hands on favorable terms: “We are told by the City Administration that the City can no longer afford to purchase land for community facilities downtown, yet land the city already owns downtown is being proposed for sale for private development. Moreover, we are told that we must relocate essential city services away from the populations they serve without adequate transportation services.” “BAT” stands for “Better Austin Today.” The complete elections calendar and additional information about registration and voting may be found at the site of the Travis County clerk.

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