Published Feb. 22, 2011

TWISler Update: Vote Early and Often

The responses from TWISler’s little rant on the governor says we’ll be sticking to local happenings from here on out. And it’s for the better. The complex and craterous black hole that is Florida politics is a bit too deep and dark of a pool to wade in safely. Obviously, the TWIS ain’t a fan — but hey, whatever floats your boat. If we do touch on broader issues, it will be through the perspective of how our local representatives are handling, or not handling, the problem at hand.

Speaking of, let’s move along to our own hometown politicians — the real public servants that actually make real things happen for all us real citizens really concerned about really real problems, because they can actually be real with us — without having to hold a really unreal press conference. Yes, my dear Sarasotans, let’s talk of the cream of our crop, our local heroes for which we root and cheer with colorful street signs in the hopes of subconsciously storing a cheesy campaign slogan in our neighbors’ memory banks as they pass by on their way to work everyday. The most accomplished and elite of Suncoasters, still so sweet and innocent, and mostly untainted by the bright lights of ballot name recognition.

If you haven’t heard the news, we’ll be voting on a few of ’em in Sarasota’s upcoming district city commission elections. And guess what, folks? You can do all the voting your little heart desires at any time between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday starting today and going right on through March 6 at the Office of the Supervisor of Elections in the Sarasota County Terrace Building located at 2001 Adams Lane right in good ol’ downtown Sarasota.

If you happen to have a scheduling conflict with all of those times, then your last chance is on the day of the election, Tuesday, March 8, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at polling places throughout the city. And if you’re currently MIA, you can give the supervisor of elections a ring at 941-861-8618 and tell “The Honorable” Kathy Dent herself to send you an absentee ballot. Just make sure to fill it out and get that sucker postmarked by Election Day.

But seriously, if you have scheduling conflicts with all of those times, you need to get out of the office more. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And Jack won’t get to bitch about any of the idiotic laws or monumental wastes of money the rest of us get to bitch about unless he finds a way to get his happy ass into that voting booth sometime in the next two weeks. So cancel a lunch date, or better yet, make a lunch date at the elections office, so you too can have the privilege of complaining about multimillion dollar developments and gaudy statues on the bayfront, without the guilt of knowing you were too lazy to do anything about it.

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