It's Election Day, and if conditions aren't ripe today for good turnout, no such conditions exist: A warm, sunny day, a very high-profile mayoral race, an almost-as-high profile referendum, and only one unopposed candidate on the ballot. Early voting is up 30% over 2001. If you haven't voted yet, you've got twelve hours to do so today. If you don't know where to vote, click here and find out.
UPDATE: Rob is writing again, and he has his endorsements up. If other local bloggers have an endorsement post, send me your link or leave it in the comments and I'll add it here.
UPDATE: Another Rice Grad isn't voting here this year, but he does have his preferences.
UPDATE: Oopsie. Bad eSlate machines!
Those who showed up early at the Holiday Inn at 7787 Katy Freeway to vote found that the eSlate machines that were supposed to make voting so much easier and more accurate were on the fritz. While technicians made repairs, election judges passed out sheets of paper torn in half, along with sample ballots, and telling voters to write in their votes.
David Puckett said he sat down on the floor and spent 25 minutes scribbling down his choices while other voters just took the time to write in their votes on the top races before dropping their homemade ballots into a pasteboard box. He said an election judge told him to write on the back of the paper if he ran out of room and then told him he might need to vote again this afternoon if the eSlate machines come back up. Then, Puckett said, the judges decided a second vote wasn't such a good idea.
"They're making up rules as they go," he said. " It's unbelievable."
Puckett's worried his vote won't count.
"I will come back if I need to. I want my vote to count," he said. "It's my privilege. It's my duty. I want my people to win.