With the increasing polarization in Washington, it can be very tempting to want to drop out of the political process altogether. It is important to remember that Washington is only a portion of our government and that a lot of good work is being done by elected officials at the local and state levels. The decisions made at the lower tiers of government have a disproportionately large effect on the commercial real estate market, and it is important to ensure that our industry’s needs are understood by our elected officials. Voter turnout is generally very low for midterm elections, so November 6 is your opportunity to give your voice even more impact and stand up for the interests of our industry.
Register to Vote
The first step is to register to vote or update your voting address. Please remember that the deadline to register to vote is October 9. This is a hard deadline, and if you don’t register by then, you will not have the opportunity to vote in November. Elections are by far the best way to have your voice heard by elected officials and influence the public policy process. If you are not registered to vote or need to change your address, several TREC staff members are Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars or you can click this link to register online.
Don’t forget about down-ballot elections!
The gubernatorial and senate races are drawing a lot of attention, but don’t forget that there are many more elections also on the ballot this November. In addition to federal elections, there are many state elections (state Senate, state House of Representatives, cabinet), various judicial elections, and county elections on the November ballot. It can even be argued that local and state elections have a bigger impact on your life than those at the federal level. Each of these races is very important to commercial real estate and each tier of government has a direct impact on the health of our industry.
All eyes are will be on Dallas County this election cycle. The mass influx of people from other states is rapidly changing the demographics of our region, and these changes are beginning to reflect themselves in the political landscape. No matter which side you support, it is important to get to the polls on November 6 (or vote early from October 22 through November 2) because many of these races will be very close!
Attend one of these two TREC events to learn more!
- Party on the Patio – September 26, 2018 – music, food, games, and voter registration
- Public Policy 102 – October 2, 2018 – featuring TREC leadership and policy experts
Click here for all Dallas County voter information.
If you vote early, you can vote in ANY early voting location.
On election day, you MUST vote in your precinct.