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It's time to vote... again

The Free Press of Buda, Texas

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We know, you are tired of voting. With the March primary, then the May Kyle election, it's hard to make yourself get back out there. But, do it.

The last thing needed is a low turnout when breaking the tie between incumbent Diane Hervol and challenger Travis Mitchell for the Kyle City Council.

The May election ended up in a 510-510 tie between Hervol and Mitchell. The runoff election will be June 11, and early voting begins May 31.

During the May city election in Kyle, only 6 percent of the voters turned out — 1,052 voted out of 17,409 registered voters within the city.

Kyle needs to make changes to hold its elections in November. Buda made the jump and will hold its city elections in November, when the nation comes out to vote. Everyone knows to vote then.

But cities have the option of holding their elections in May.

Why not make the change? More people turn out of vote in November than any other time of the year. If the city of Kyle truly wants to have as many people as possible vote, it should make the switch and move to November elections.

If the council is concerned about voter fatigue, then move it to November.

And, then, when someone complains about an issue, they will have no excuse. There's so much hoopla around November elections that only people with their heads in the sand can say, "I didn't know it there was an election."

Because if you don't vote, you don't get to complain.

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Original Publication Date: May 18, 2016

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