Let’s try this number on for size …
That’s the number of Amarillo voters who cast ballots in advance of Tuesday’s election. We’re going to decide whether we want to build a $32 million multipurpose event venue that includes a ballpark in downtown Amarillo; we’re also going to vote on seven proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.
The early-vote number isn’t a record-breaker. It’s impressive nevertheless.
By my estimation, that number represents roughly 10 to 11 percent of all registered voters in the city. It’s not great in and of itself.
However, compared to the hideous turnout of many recent previous municipal elections, I believe that early-vote number represents a positive trend.
I’ll be frank. The constitutional amendments aren’t drawing voters out. It takes a citywide issue such as the MPEV to bring ’em to the polls.
I haven’t voted early. I’m waiting until Tuesday. I’ll probably go to my Randall County polling place first thing. I’ll be there by 7 a.m.
You know how I’ll vote on this deal. Oh, just in case you don’t know … I’m voting “for” the MPEV as a statement that the city is ready to keep marching forward.
I’m heartened that the early turnout has been so relatively brisk.
What does it mean for the final result? We’re going to find out early Tuesday evening when those early ballot results are released.
Here’s hoping for the best.