Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Opinion

December 12, 2011

Letters to the Editor- Dec. 11

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Is the polling site or the people?

Dear Editor,

At the last Mineral Wells City Council meeting the mayor and council members were discussing the city council election for May and one of the council members said we need to go back to having a voting station in each of the four wards.

I thought he was just joking and had it not been a city council meeting I would have laughed.

But when the council member kept talking I realized that he was not joking. I wanted to stand up and yell, “You got to be kidding!”

The city funds were so short this year that:

• The police, fire and EMT personnel did not get a pay raise.

• City employees, some who are not making much more than minimum wages, are having to pay over $600 for health insurance.

• Streets in this city go unpaved.

• Potholes are going unfilled.

And you want to spend $9,000 each year on voting stations so that 12 election judges can sit all day doing almost nothing. Talking about the phrase “burning money” this certainly would be.

I believe if it came down to having four voting places and having to go to one place to vote in the city election and another place to vote in the school election or one location in downtown Mineral Wells with one voting machine for both city and school election that the vast majority of the citizens of Mineral Wells would choose the one voting location.

For those that say it has been the location of the elections that caused the low turnout I believe if you check the figures over the last 15 years it will support the conclusion that it’s the excitement of the election not the location of the election that determines the number of voters.

On second thought maybe the city should have four voting stations because I am sick and tired of hearing people use the location of the voting station as the lame excuse for not voting. If the city added three additional voting places than these individuals would have to come up with a new lame excuse for not voting.

Charles Thompson

Mineral Wells

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