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Keller May 29th, 2012 Election Results

No surprises here – President Obama dominated the ballot for Democratic Presidential Nominee both in our precinct, and state wide.

In the Senatorial Primary, Paul Sadler secured the Democratic nomination; and will the be on the ballot for the open US Senate seat for Texas in November.

Keller May 29th, 2012 Election Prelude

Early voting for our Precinct occurs – as usual – upstairs in Keller Town Hall – 1100 Bear Creek Parkway Keller, Texas 76248.  Note that only the early voting actually happens at Town Hall, if you decide to vote the day of the election you will need to go elsewhere (see below).

Early voting for the 2012 Primary Elections has already began, and runs daily thru May 25th. Take care of it tomorrow if you haven’t already, and you will not have to worry about forgetting!

If you don’t go vote until Election Day then you cannot go to vote at Town Hall, you must go to the correct voting location for Precinct 3054.  It is a different location to the May 12th polling, and it instead at Messiah Lutheran Church, at 1308 Whitley Road.

A lot of people don’t bother to vote in Primaries. I really encourage all Democrats to take part however. Choosing who will run for elected office is just as important as voting for a winner.  If you have any doubts whatsoever about this just look at the Republican Party. A small well organized minority has wreaked havoc on their primary selection process, which has resulted in the nomination of all sorts of extreme conservatives on Republican tickets that are unpalatable to more moderate voters.

By participating in the Democratic Primary process – hopefully as a rational and practical voter – you help ensure our party chooses candidates who have a chance to appeal to moderate and independent swing voters, and thus have a chance at winning come November.

I have attachedDemocratic Sample Ballot a sample ballot for the Democratic ticket to give you an idea of what to expect.  As you can see, there is not a lot of competition in the Democratic Primaries in our area.  Hopefully that will change in future years as we increase our turnout!

President Obama has three competitors.  A Darcy Richardson, Bob Ely and John Wolfe.  I know who I will be voting for as Presidential Nominee, and hopefully you don’t need any hints:)

For United States Senator there are four candidates to choose from.  Gardy Yarbrough, Paul Sadler, Sean Hubbard and Addie Dainell Allen. I’ve done a little research on each, and present what I’ve found here.

I give Mr Yarbrough instant points for responding to the League of Women Voters (LWV) – an organization I greatly admire – Primary Voter Guide questionnaire, he was the only Democratic Candidate who did. He does not appear to have a campaign website however, so that makes it hard to take him too seriously as a viable Senatorial Candidate.

The media seems to give Mr Hubbard and Mr Sadler the most attention on the Democratic side, though either man would face an uphill race in the general  election. I am not endorsing any of these Senate candidates, but I like what I have seen of Paul Sadler.

The ballot you will see at the Primary Election this years also includes 3 referendums.

Any graduate of a Texas high school, who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year, should be eligible for in-state tuition at state supported colleges and universities and given the opportunity to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.

This first measure is designed to ensure that Texas high schoolers who are not citizens get the same in-state college tuition rates as their classmates.  It also ties in to the DREAM act, and the concept of earning citizenship thru service to teh country. This is a pro-immigrant/anti-immigrant question to me, and as an immigrant myself I will be voting yes to this question.  While I don’t agree with Rick Perry on much, I do respect his stance on some of these issues – particularly faced with the hostility of his base during the Republican Presidential Candidate debates.

“Because a college education is increasingly necessary for jobs that allow our citizens to achieve middle class lifestyles and become the entrepreneurs who create the jobs that our economy relies on, we call on the Texas Legislature to fund colleges and universities such that tuition and fees can be affordable to all Texans.”

This measure relates to providing extra funding for universities and colleges so more kids can afford to attend.  While it is tough to pay for this in the current economic environment, I think this should be a priority. I will be voting yes to this measure also, though have doubts about the practicality of getting much done in this regards.

“Should the Texas Legislature allow the people of Texas to vote to legalize casino gambling with all funds generated being used only for education?

The third measure – which ties in nicely to the first two – is regarding legalizing gambling in Texas with the intent of using revenues gained to fund education.  I resoundingly support this idea.  North Texans who want to gamble find the means – they either head North to Oklahoma or East to Louisiana.  Lets let them lose their money locally!  While I am not a big fan of gambling personally, I don’t think it should be illegal.  I recommend a vote of yes to all three referendums!


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