Advocate editorial board opinion: If you care about our children and school district, vote

By the Advocate Editorial Board
May 9, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.

Time for a few rhetorical questions: Do you care about your children's education? Do you care about the direction our school district is headed? Do you care about who leads the school district in the years to come?

We're sure you care, but you may be missing out on voicing your concerns. The opportunity to speak out is now by casting your vote at the polls in Saturday's school board election.

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews says he thinks the election will garner a poor turnout. What's even more astounding is the fact that an average school election only sees about 7 to 10 percent of the eligible voters. We should be turning out in droves to vote in school elections because they are so important.

So how low does Matthews think this election will be?

"Currently (as of Monday afternoon), we have .4 percent voting in person and 2.4 percent voting by mail. Not all of the mail has returned - only about half to date," Matthews said.

"That already gives us a 3 percent turnout overall. (I) figure early voting will be about equal or a little less than Election Day and add another 3 percent, he said.

So that's about a 6 to 8 percent turnout for the election, or about 1,100 people voting.

The school district's District 1 and District 3 have a total of 18,783 voters. What a despicable turnout if it is indeed that low.

We challenge you to go to the polls and show that you care about your children and the well being of the school district. Show Matthews you do care. Let's show each other we care.

Our candidates include District 1 candidates, Jake Gonzalo Flores and incumbent Kevin VanHook. District 3 candidates are incumbent L.J. Lou Svetlik and Garland Butch Smith.

Early voting in person ends Tuesday at 5 p.m. Election Day is Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have questions about polling places, call Matthews' office at 576-0124.

Your vote is important to our children and their education. Please get out and vote.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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