Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Know where, when to go for early voting

By the Advocate Editorial Board
April 24, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2013 at 11:24 p.m.

The Victoria City Council election is coming up, and we want to make sure our readers are ready to help decide the next group of leaders for our city.

This year, we have four races in the city election. Residents must choose between five candidates for mayor: incumbent Will Armstrong, current councilman Paul Polasek, Henry Perez, Richard Andrew Deases and Omar Rachid. Residents of District 5 have three candidates to choose from: incumbent Joe Truman, former councilman Gabriel Soliz and Dr. Andrew J. Young. District 6 candidates are incumbent Tom Halepaska and Russell Pruitt. Residents of District 3 will also be able to take part in the election, as Polasek must give up his seat to run for mayor. The candidates to finish out the rest of the unexpired term are John T. Hyak, Jeff Bauknight and Vic Caldwell.

Each of these candidates attended debates with the Victoria Advocate, which were webcast live and are now posted on our website's Election Central special section.

But knowing who the candidates are is only part of the equation. Now, it's up to voters to go to the polls and help decide who will take the reins for the next few years and guide Victoria into the future. But getting to the polls has become a little more complicated this year, especially for those used to taking part in early voting at the former Glass Street office.

This year, early voting begins Monday and will take place in the Pattie Dodson Health Center in Classroom A at 2805 N. Navarro St. The location will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays through May 7 with extended hours May 3 and May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day is May 11, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and any registered voter in the city of Victoria may vote.

We encourage all of the registered voters in Victoria to come out and take part in this year's City Council election. There are several good choices on the ballot this year, and we are excited to see who Victoria will choose to be a part of the next group of city leaders. But first, residents must take the time to vote. Your vote is your voice. If you do not take the time and effort to vote, you forfeit your voice and influence over the direction Victoria will take in the future.

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



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