COLUMN: Polls, Halloween and Election Day

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By Shannon Brock

If you’ll notice, just a bit to your right, we have the results of this week’s poll question. Granted it’s not exactly a controversial topic, we still didn’t get very many votes this week.
It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to see that, ahem, one-third of our voters were dressing up for Halloween and two-thirds were not.
This week is more representative of the number of votes we’re used to getting, but for the previous two weeks our response was much greater. I know those questions (one about a stoplight at Normandy/Ky. 55 and another about the Blue Bridge) featured “hotter” topics, per se, but I wanted to take this chance to say thank you to all of you who voted during those weeks, as well as the few of you who voted this week.
We want to know your thoughts and opinions, so please continue to vote – and, if you have more to say than a simple answer to a poll question, look a little further down the page to see instructions for submitting a letter to the editor. In short, just mail one in or email me at editor@spencermagnet.com. Please include your name, address and a daytime phone number. No anonymous letters will be printed.

In other news, this little kitten (if you saw us on Halloween, you’ll understand) survived her first Trick or Treat on Main Street. Well, I did more than survive it – I really enjoyed myself. From sailors in boats, to firefighters in trucks, to monkeys and ghouls and goblins, we saw some of the cutest costumes around.
Waking up on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t help but think what an amazing event it was. It seemed like thousands of people were flooding the streets of Taylorsville. While I don’t know if there were actually thousands, I do know I’ve only seen our downtown area that packed one other time – during Octoberfest. I hope to see it just as full for Christmas on Main on Dec. 3.
Basically, I believe any event that gets that many people downtown is a great event that we shouldn’t take for granted. I hope those wandering the streets Monday night took notice of our local restaurants and businesses and will come back and keep coming back for more than just candy.
One other Halloween note – don’t forget, if you had a picture made at The Spencer Magnet, photos will be available for pickup one day next week.

One more reminder, don’t forget that Tuesday is Election Day. Most are predicting a lower turnout at the polls because it’s not a presidential election and here in Spencer County, we don’t have any local races. But, it is a gubernatorial election, so it is an important one.
Not sure who is getting your vote in statewide offices? Check out our election previews, provided by some of our sister papers.
Don’t forget the polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Plus, see next week’s Spencer Magnet for local results.