Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. ~ Sydney J. Harris
On November 2, 2010, Blanco residents, and all Texans who are registered to vote, will have the opportunity to vote in a General Election. Over the next 8 weeks this column will attempt to answer your questions about the voting process. This week we’ll look at the offices up for election.
In March, political parties ran elections to select candidates for their respective parties. Candidate filing fees, and the Secretary of State’s Office (your tax dollars) provided funds, and the County provided services, such as voting boxes, and assistance, to run these elections. In Blanco County, the following offices were on the ballot:
National Level: U.S Representative, District 21.
At the State Level: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, Justice, Supreme Court Places 3, 5, & 9; Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2, 5, and 6.
At the District Level: Member, State Board of Education, District 5; State Representative, District 45; Justice 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 4; District Judge, 424th Judicial District.
At the County level: County Judge, District Clerk, County Treasurer, County Surveyor, County Commissioners, Precincts 2 and 4; Justice of the Peace, Precincts 1 and 4.
On November 2nd, these same offices will be on the ballot. Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party, and Independent candidates will now run against one another.
The November 2nd General Election is administered by the county. In Blanco County, Karen Newman, the County Clerk, is the Elections Administrator. The Texas Secretary of State’s office is the chief election officer for the state of Texas. The process for each of these elections, primaries or general elections, are run based on Texas and Federal Election Laws. By law, ballots must be written in English and Spanish, polling places must be accessible to the handicapped, and specific dates must be met for filing for office. This code is what the election officials must follow. Sections include such things as military on duty voting, and voting while on a space flight. All sections of the Texas Election Code cam be found at www.statutes.legis .state.tx.us.
Please plan to vote. Next week the column will cover registering to vote.