Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Primary Has Begun

Today is the first day of early voting in the state primaries here in Texas. If you are registered to vote in Harris County, you are allowed to vote early at any of the 32 official Harris County Early Voting locations scattered around the area. To find the location nearest you, as well as the hours of operation, click here [PDF file]. Early voting continues through March 3.

C.L.O.U.T. Texas, a growing grass-roots organization working for local and state tax reform, has released its endorsements for the Republican Primary, including endorsements for several local state senate and house districts as well as the four GOP ballot propositions. One additional endorsement (or anti-endorsement, as the case may be) that I would add is to skip voting for the office of Lieutenant Governor. The current Lt. Gov., David "Darth" Dewhurst, is expected to win both the primary and the general election without any real competition, but we need to send him a message that the people of Harris County (which represent approximately a third of Republican voters in the state) do not appreciate his attitudes toward the conservative platform of our state party, especially his complete lack of support (and even antagonistic posturing) for meaningful tax reform and a lowering of the current 10% "appraisal cap" that is slowly driving so many Texans out of their own homes. Go to CLOUT's website for more information on tax reform and the appraisal cap issue.

You can find more information about the primary elections at the Harris County Clerk's Election website.

UPDATE: Well, I am proud to say that I have already voted in the primary. I planned a long lunch today for our project team -- we went out for Tex-Mex together, and then all (except our two non-citizen programmers) went together to go vote. We even took our token brain-washed liberal with us to vote in the Democrat primary! ;-> I think this team lunch-n-vote is becoming a tradition; it's the third time we've done it, even though this is the first time we have been able to get everyone to participate. Some of these young people had never actually voted before the last presidential election, and most had never before participated in a state primary.

I would love to hear from any of my readers when you vote! You don't have to say who you voted for, or even which primary. I just want to know that as many as possible are being active in our election process!


Blogger Pops said...

Your mother and I just returned from voting a short while ago. I was pleasantly surprised to see a bit of a line, even though the lunch hour was over. We did not have too much of a wait, but it is always encouraging to see people showing up to participate in an election, and especially in a primary. I look forward to seeing next month just exactly how many people voted in the primary process.

2/21/2006 2:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey T! I saw your noite this morning and called Alicia to bring my voter card at lunch. we both went and voted together in the democrat primry. THansk for the reminder.

See you on Sunday buddy!


2/21/2006 3:10 PM  

Blogger Songbird said...

Hey, TD, glad to hear you guys voted today! And thanks for the note -- to be honest, I wasn't completely convinced that you had even visited the site yet! ;->

2/21/2006 3:25 PM  

Blogger Songbird said...

By the way, an addendum to my earlier update. Three of my guys (well, two guys and one young lady) that had never voted a primary before live in Dan Patrick's district 7. I'm not positive, but I think we logged five votes for Dan in that one trip today!

2/21/2006 3:27 PM  

Anonymous jakers said...

me and the missus are gonna vote tonite -- thanks fro the reminder

2/22/2006 9:06 AM  

Anonymous Kyle said...

Voted at the Barbara Bush Public Library yesterday afternoon on the way home. Thanks for the reminder, Songbird!

2/23/2006 3:47 PM  

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