As we near November, it’s important to remember that election day is quickly approaching.

While this year’s election likely won’t be as big as last year’s edition, it’s still a very important time for everyone able to do so to get out and vote. The weather isn’t as cool as many of us would like, so I’m sure no one wants to stand in line to vote. So whether that means casting a ballot during early voting or missing all the early birds on election day, I hope everyone is able to get to the polls as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Locally, various Grayson County voters will be deciding on several bonds for school districts and Sherman voters will be picking new council members, among other races.

It’s hard to believe the end of October is quickly approaching, but I’ve double checked my calendar and it’s true. And that means early voting starts Monday in Grayson County and will continue through Nov. 3.

The county’s election administration has a plethora of voting info available on its website, including hours and locations for early voting, and sample ballots for the November election. There’s also area and precinct maps, procedures for election day and instructions on how those who qualify can request a ballot by mail.

It’s always interesting to tally up the percentage of registered voters who actually made their voices heard and without significant turnout, many of these important races — that could impact local taxes — could be decided by a small percentage of citizens.

Happy birthday Friday to Trya Sentell, Dyna Hasse, Janice Harris, Joyce Jones, Becky Blackburn, Monica Davis, and Mary Franklin, all of Sherman; Roger Elmore of Denison; Frances Rutledge of Bells; Rugar Cook of Greenville; and Carlina Douglass of Maryland.