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November 27, 2014

Don’t forget to vote

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Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 12:00 am

Texas’ primary elections are today. Don’t forget to vote.

We know, voter turnout will be depressingly low.

But that doesn’t mean that good citizens — and if you’re reading this page, how could you not be a good one? — should contribute to those depressing trends.

Here are three quick reasons to get to the polls.

• It’s convenient. The advent of countywide voting centers has been a great thing for busy people who don’t have time to waste. There are 39 for the primaries. If you’re registered to vote, you can use any of them, regardless of where you live. Because so many people work at the University of Texas Medical Branch, a voting center was put on the campus in Galveston. No doubt about it: These voting centers have made voting more convenient.

• It’s possible to cast an informed vote, even if you’ve procrastinated. We contend the best guide to the candidates is the collection of questionnaires at galvnews.com. All but one of the candidates running for county offices replied to the questions, many of which were suggested by readers. Trust us, the political junkies among us follow them. And, by the way, if you don’t have time to read them all, read the questionnaires in one contested race that interests you. Casting one informed vote for one position is better than no vote at all.

• It’s satisfying. People who vote play the role of a citizen more fully than those who sit on the sidelines. There’s something to be said for that.

And, after you’ve cast your ballot today, join us online tonight as we follow the returns.

We’ll be at galvnews.com.