We're smack-dab in the middle of politics season, y'all. Not only do we have the presidential primaries coming up, but many local elections are just around the corner. Local elections, while often less showy, are arguably more important as far as how the outcomes will affect your day to day life. We've seen numerous changes in the past few years that are a direct result of local elections. Read on to find out how to check and see if you're registered to vote in Denton and about the Republican Primary debate we are hosting at Dan's Silverleaf on Monday, February 15th.
If you don't want to get lost in the shuffle, make sure to register to vote before midnight next Monday, February 1st. If you're not sure if you are already registered, or don't know how to go about it, don't worry. We've got you covered. You can check to see if you’re registered already here. If you aren’t, fret not! You can register to vote via mail. Whatever you do, don't be the person that shows up to vote only to find out that they never registered in the first place. Even worse, don't just chill at home and binge watch Making a Murderer instead of trying to vote at all.
Many complaints are made about how few of us actually vote in local elections. When averaged out, Denton's voter age is above the age most movie theaters set for a senior citizen discount. We’re collectively younger than that, Denton. It’s time to put your craft beer down, put on a couple of flannels, and go vote.
We're hosting a debate at Dan's Silverleaf on Monday, February 15th at 8pm. We will be hosting the candidates of the 64th District for the Republican Primary before the actual election on March 1st. Candidates Rick Hagen, Lynn Stucky, and Read King will face off on stage over issues important to Dentonites. Denton City Council member, Kevin Roden, will be moderating. Dan's bartenders will be serving. You can check out more info on the event's Facebook page here.
Below are a few other important upcoming election dates courtesy of VoteDenton.com.
Last day to Register to Vote – Monday, February 1, 2016
Last day to Receive Application for Ballot by Mail – Friday, February 19, 2016
Last day to Receive FPCA – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Joint Election – May 7, 2016
Republican and Democratic Primary Runoff Elections – May 24, 2016
Joint Runoff Election – June 18, 2016
General Election – November 8, 2016
To be able to register to vote, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a resident of the county you register in.
- Be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months).
- Not be a felon (unless your sentence is completed, including any probation or parole).
- Not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court