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INTROThank you for visiting my Voting Schedule page. I hope that you find the information and links useful.

     Full Disclosure:  I am a Christian, I am Conservative, etc...  This is my blog website. I am NOT trying to portray my blog as a newspaper as others bloggers do.  To be clear, REAL news paper outlets in the area are: The Leader (a subsidiary of starloacalmedia.com), The Dallas Morning News with their community sections, The Denton Record Chronicle, and a smaller paper called the Crosstimbers Gazette.  I admit that blog sites like mine, The Gorena Journal, may offer some great information but please know that they are just blogs.   In my web site, I am doing all I can to educate and convince people who share my core values to vote for the conservative candidates.  I do try to not talk bad about the liberal websites and their comments but I am also hoping that people are smart enough to know the difference between a blog, a real newspaper, or a "want-to-be" newspaper site that is really a blog, etc....  If you want to get my weekly updates (which they can be daily updates during the voting days), then please COMPLETELY fill out the Get Notified form. - John Gorena

About voting.... Most people running for elected office are nice - especially out in public and during election time.  Do not be swayed by the smile or just their few words.  What are they really like?   I vote for the person who I think best represents me - those with my same Core Values.  I encourage you to vote your values because our American Way of Life depends on it.  I will go as far to say that your life depends on it.  I ask that you vote your values - vote for those who are conservative (or sadly more conservative than the other).  Don't vote for a person just because you met them, the person was nice to you, or you heard the name.  I think most of the people in office are nice.  Vote for the person that best represents you - who would make decisions most like you.  Keep in mind that these are your representatives you are electing to make decisions for you.  If you vote for a person that would not vote the way you would want, then you are voting against yourself and that is kind of stupid isn't it??????  It's kind of like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.  Also, as attributed to John Wayne who once said, "Life's hard, it's even harder when you're stupid."


Gorena's Simple Rules about voting:

  • Be sure that you are registered to vote!  If you live in Denton County Texas, Start at the Denton County Voter Registration page.  If you are in another County, please be sure to contact your County Voter Registration department.
  • Vote your values.  Try to get to know all the candidates and vote your values.  What are your important issues and what do these candidates say about those issues?  Who do they side with?  Party platforms say a lot.
  • Always vote in every election and Runoff.  There are at least two elections per year (May and November) and can be as many as five or so (including Primaries, Runoffs, and other special elections).
  •  For Elections that have Republican vs Democrat, Never leave a race blank.  Pick one - Always!  Think about it..  Not voting for one of them is like voting for the other.  Not voting is a vote.  {I know some liberal will have fun for this one.}  That is, voting takes away a vote from the other side.  Therefore, if you do not know either, vote for the Republican based on their party platform.  NOW, There always seems to be an exception to the rule...  On City/School elections, they are not party elections, if you do not know either, leave it blank.  Just vote for the person you know or whom your trusted like minded friends suggest.  It is always best to learn about the candidates but sometimes it is best not to make things worse.
  • BONDS:  Understand what they are...  They are debt, borrowed money, etc...  Basically, the politicians have used all the money they get from taxes, fees, fines, etc...  But they need more money so they put Bonds on the ballot...  If you like paying more taxes, or you want them to incur more taxpayer debt, then Bonds are for you.  If you think you already pay too much taxes and you want them to not incur debt and pay as they can budget, then vote AGAINST Bonds.  Even if you think the Bonds for a specific project is worth incurring more debt, think about how much is being asked.  Is it really worth that much money for a building addition?  Do we as a community need to go into that business of whatever they are going to build?   Even with the fees they charge to use the facility that is built with bonds, it will most likely never be self funded - expect the taxpayers to subsidize the activity.  I vote AGAINST Bonds because politicians need to stop the needless spending! On the ballot, these are written in a way to get them passed.  Remember, they want more money because they have spent everything they have received.  Please look at my write up of LV Debt which opens in a new window.
  • CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS to the State Constitution are called Propositions and are written in a way to get them passed.  Like Bonds, Your first response should be to DENY any changes to the constitution..  For example, in odd years is the Texas Constitution amendments Election. For Example, In November 2013,  there were nine amendments and I believe that 5 of them were harmful in the long run.  They were written in a way that the ill informed would vote yes on them - they all passed.  Be very careful.  AGAIN, your first response should be to DENY any changes to the constitution.. Very rarely do I vote for an Amendment change.  I will vote to change wording to clarify the intent of the law.

May 6, 2017 - Uniform Election Date
From State of Texas election site
Authority conducting elections Local political subdivisions and counties
Deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline 1 Monday, December 19, 2016 for local political subdivisions that have a first day to file for their candidates 1
First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail Sunday, January 1, 2017*

*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday.  An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2017 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

First Day to File for Place on General Election Ballot 1 Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Last Day to File for Place on Ballot, Local General Election 1 Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

See note below relating to four-year terms 3

Last Day to Order General Election or Election on a Measure Friday, February 17, 2017
Last Day to Register to Vote Thursday, April 6, 2017
First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance Monday, April 24, 2017
Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail
(Received, not Postmarked)
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Last Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail Saturday, May 6, 2017 (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies)

1 Under new law, most local entities now have a “first day” to file.

For the few entities who do not have a first day to file:  For the May 6, 2017 election, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates.  For the November 7, 2017 election, Monday, July 24, 2017 is the deadline to post notice of candidate filing deadline for local political subdivisions that do not have a first day to file for their candidates.  (The 30th day before last day on which candidate may file falls on a Saturday, deadline moves to next business day).

Local political subdivisions include: cities, school districts, water districts, hospital districts, and any other local government entity that conducts elections.  Many of these elections are conducted on the May uniform election date. Note:  Counties may also be holding local proposition (measure) elections on May 6, 2017.

2 Filing deadlines:  generally, the filing deadline is the 78th day prior to Election Day.  The Texas Election Code (the “Code”) may provide a different special election filing deadline.  See Section 201.054 of the Code.  Write-in deadlines for general and special elections vary; the deadline for most local (city, school, other) general elections is now the same day as the filing deadline for application for a place on the ballot in a May election or November election; special election write-in rules vary, see long calendars for details.

3 If no candidate for a four-year term has filed an application for a place on the ballot for a city office, the filing deadline for that office is extended to 5 p.m. of the 57th day before the election.  For the May 6, 2017 election, this is Friday, March 10, 2017.  For the November 7, 2017 election, this is Monday, September 11, 2017.  See Section 143.008 of the Code.

4 The county elections officer may be the county clerk, the county tax assessor-collector (if commissioners court transfers election duties to him/her), or the county elections administrator (if commissioners court creates the position).