If you’re a registered voter in Kerrville, you have one more opportunity to cast an early vote ahead of the upcoming May 4 city council election. Today is the last day of the early voting period — and chances are you haven’t yet gone to the polls to make your voice heard. 

Up for grabs are two city council seats. Running for the Place 1 seat on council are current Place 2 Councilman George Baroody and Gary Cochrane. Kim Clarkson and Mario Garcia will vie for Place 2.

According to numbers from the Kerr County Elections Office, of the 15,457 registered voters in Kerrville, just 1,617 — a little over 10 percent — have cast their votes thus far. 

Nadine Alford, Kerr County election coordinator estimated that an additional 200 voters cast their votes on Monday.

You could join their number today — and it’s vital that you do so. While local elections might not generate the kind of buzz national or even statewide races do, the fact is, local politics plays an important role in the lives of Kerrville’s residents. 

From setting property tax rates to managing water and sewage service, the care of our roads, the oversight of the city’s budget and the advancement of much-needed projects, local elected officials play a huge role in steering our community.  

And voters deserve a say in that process. 

It’s especially critical here in Texas, where voter turnout has seen historical lows in recent years. And while the 2018 midterms saw higher than usual turnout, buoyed no doubt by the heated race between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, Texas voters aren’t likely to head back to the polls in those kinds of numbers without a major push for enhanced turnout. 

Hopefully, that won’t be the case here in Kerrville. But why wait for Election Day when you could vote today?

Polls open at 8 p.m. and voters will have until 5 p.m. to cast their vote at the Kathleen C. Cailloux City Center for The Performing Arts, 910 Main St., Kerrville.

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