I voted at 7:12 this morning at Leonides Cigarroa Elementary School in northwest Dallas, where the "Vote Yes!" signs appear to be in bloom this fine, warm fall. The voting booths were filling up; I was No. 12 on the sign-in sheet, and folks were lining up behind me. "Impressive," said one of the election officials. "We only had one person vote between 7 and 9 a.m. in June," when Tom Leppert and Ed Oakley duked it out in the mayoral runoff.
Doubtful it's a sign of things to come: Bruce Sherbet, the man in charge of counting votes for the county, expects a woeful turnout of some 50,000 to 60,000 -- the passionate few, about half of whom have already cast their lot in early voting. And, yes, I voted "yes" -- because I fully support Prop. 10. Or, what, you're one of those people who thinks we need an inspector of hides and animals, right? Sunnyvale fascist. --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.