For once the Chronicle ran an article today that I finally agreed with completely.
With the runoff coming on April 8th, the prudent and wise voter will be voting early. The article goes on to say that there will be less places available for voting, so check out your polling places early. Voting during the early voting time period will give you more flexibility on where and when you can go.
If you are like me, you may be a procrastinator. Now would be a really good time to get rid of that bad habit.
Yes, Kelly beat Lykos in the March 4th election to the tune of about 10,000 votes.
But thinking that means you don't have to get up off your keister and go vote again is what Lykos is banking on. Lykos came in behind Kelly in the early voting numbers and on the votes cast on March 4th.
Where Lykos actually edged Kelly was on the absentee and mail-in voting. You can guarantee that all those folks that sent in their ballots through the mail for March 4th election have already handed their April 8th ballot over to their postman.
To counter-act that, Kelly's supporters need to get up and out and go vote.
And they need to encourage their friends and family members to do the same.
Remind them that early voting starts next Monday. If they don't know where they are going, look it up for them and tell them. Remind them to go on vote on Monday. Check back with them on Wednesday to make sure they voted. Start yelling at them if they still haven't done it by Thursday. Call them again on Friday. If they miss early voting, tell them you'll never speak to them again if they don't vote on April 8th.
Folks, getting a message out and voting (and encouraging others to vote) is a small price to pay for good government. That becomes even more true when you are dealing with a position as important as the District Attorney of Harris County, Texas..
The choice couldn't be more clear in this race. Kelly Siegler is the most qualified candidate by miles and miles. She is the State's greatest trial lawyer, and Harris County actually has the opportunity to be represented by the best prosecutor in the World. Pat Lykos pales by comparison - a mid-level bureaucrat with a mean streak and no trial experience.
Kelly's biggest opponent is apathy, embodied in people who don't get back out there to vote.
Don't let a travesty happen here.
Do everything you can.
Even if it annoys your friends.