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Importance Of Voting For Local Offices

By William Moriarty

SAN ANTONIO—Voting is the only means to put your voice into the political arena, and now is the time to act.

I sat down with Dr. Leda Barnett to discuss the importance of the ongoing primaries, and the importance of voting. Barnett urged every registered voter to go and vote and for any individuals not registered to vote to get registered as soon as possible. While you have already missed the cutoff to be able to vote in the primaries, you would be able to cast your vote in November.

For those who are unaware, the purpose of a primary, is to determine who will be representing each party for a given seat in the November elections. In a closed primary, such as the ones held in Texas, you must declare political affiliation, and in doing so lock yourself out of part of the ballot. If Democrat, you can only vote on the Democratic representatives and the same is true for Republicans.

Barnett also stresses the importance of the sample ballot available online, Sample Ballots, the purpose of which is to see each individual candidate. This gives voters a chance to find out what they stand for ahead of reaching the ballot box. The League of Women Voters have their own sample ballot with emphasis on issues that face women highlighted on each candidate. More important than anything is to vote and with elections becoming tighter and tighter across the board your vote matters more than ever.

The closest early voting location to Our Lady of the Lake is Las Palmas Library at 515 Castroville Road. Get out there and take control of your political future.

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