Today is Election Day, and Also Next Tuesday

If you haven't voted in today's special election for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, you shouldn't lose more than a couple of minutes out of your day to go vote. We went to the polls at lunchtime and were the only voters there. Despite all the nasty, negative campaign ads (or maybe because of them), there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in this election.

On the bright side, the campaign ads will take a bit of a breather after today -- until the likely run-off. There are plenty of Republican and Democratic candidates, but I've only seen ads for four candidates.... and that's been plenty, believe me. 

Meanwhile, the city is having its mayoral election NEXT week. The two front runners, of course, are current mayor Sandy Stimpson and former mayor Sam Jones. One has been spending a lot of money, one not so much. But at least there haven't been many (if any) negative ads. 

Voting is one of our fundamental rights as Americans, but I wonder why we're getting two opportunities to exercise that right in a space of eight days. Wouldn't it be smarter, and a better use of taxpayer funds, to combine the two elections into one? It might even help voter turnout. Today's Senate election could use the help.



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