Posted on 23. May, 2012 by Brian Knox
Typically when we Texans cast votes in the primary election, it’s still jacket weather (early March). But thanks to redistricting, we get to vote the day after the Memorial Day holiday.
Judging by the numbers for early voting so far, it might be a light turnout.
On the eighth day of early voting in the Republican and Democratic primaries, Wise County finally passed the 1,000-vote mark. As of the closing of the polls on Wednesday, 1,284 people had cast a vote. That number is way down from previous presidential-election years. Wise County Elections Administrator Lannie Noble compares it more to a governor election year.
The delayed primaries didn’t help things, I’m sure. There has already been some confusion from local voters on what exactly we are voting on right now. Apparently several people thought that the May 12 city and school elections also covered the primaries. It didn’t.
Now throw in the fact that election day is the day after a 3-day holiday, when many schools have already let out for summer and vacations have already started, and we’ve got the recipe for low voter turnout.
Hopefully I’m wrong. Hopefully voters will realize the importance of having a say in deciding who is elected to represent them.
For the past few years, the Messenger has hosted an election night watching party. We used to have it during the November election, but since nearly every local race is now decided by the Republican primary, we’ve moved it to the primary election. We’re hosting the party again this year, on Tuesday, May 29, and this year we’re having it right here in our office. Since we sold the office supply portion of the company, we’ve got the room to host it. We’ll have snacks in addition to reporting results as soon as they are available. The party starts at 7 p.m., the same time the polls close.
So whether you are a candidate for office or an interested citizen, if you are in the area, stop by and say, “Hi.”
Just don’t forget to vote.