Early Voting is now underway here in North Texas. As we work to get our careers and personal finance going in better and better directions, taking part in the elections and primaries as a part of early voting is an excellent habit.
Early voting implies that you have taken the time to look at the issues in our local, regional, state, and federal levels. Early voting assumes that you have at least passing knowledge of the people who want to address these issues, and how they have performed in the past. Early voting is a good indication that you are living your life according to some type of plan and general organization of information. “Giving” and “generousity” are terms not limited to just cash and currency.
Why early voting?
What I personally love about early voting is that it allows me to vote in my county at any of the polling locations, as long as I have the appropriate identification on me. If I wait for the regular election day, I have to remember exactly which precinct location. Maybe you are enough of a free spirit, like me, to enjoy the feeling of not being pinned down to one location, on one day, inside one particular set of hours.
A quick google search, say something like “early voting location” along with the name of your county (Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Collin, Parker, Somervell, Hood, Decatur, Mclennan, Johnson, Hill, Bosque, etc.), should give you options in terms of where you show up, when and with what. As a coach, I want you to take action among the options we find for you.
How to find out more?
This topic has come up in several coaching sessions lately, so this blog (and most of them here) is the result of many conversations with caring, servant minded, and committed people. If you would like more information about your particular primary candidates, or the issues on the ballot in your neighborhood, please consider this list of my favorites:
The Voter Guide, by the Dallas Morning News – enter your home address and start getting to know your candidates, assuming they responded
iSideWith Texas Voter Guide – start by answering some general questions about social, environmental, economic, domestic policy, healthcare, and other important issues, then see who you most closely align with in the federal primary candidates of most parties
Texas Secretary of State, Vote Texas – take a look at the ballot and local election results after the election
There are of course other “Voter Guides” to be had out there. Just be sure to check the premise from which the guide is being written, and then have a great time corroborating information across different data sources.
Bless you for getting involved and letting your voice be heard!
PS – Do you need help getting registered to vote? I love the fact that you are planning ahead! Just because you have missed THIS election round is no reason to miss the next one. Please visit http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/