Early voting began yesterday for the November 3rd election and the polls were busier than usual.

It is presumed many are driven to vote because the issue of whether or not the planned Multi-Purpose Event Venue or MPEV will include a baseball stadium is on the ballot.

In Randal county yesterday 997 votes were cast.  In Potter, 450.  Both numbers are up from the last off-year election.

If voters turn down the inclusion of a baseball stadium in the MPEV many are wondering what the back-up plan for the facility is.

There isn't one.

At best there have been casual discussions for how to utilize the facility should baseball not be in it's future.  Councilman Elisha Demerson has gone on record to say "nothing is off the table".  Easy to say when nothing is officially on the table.

Mayor Harpole has stated that if the ballpark doesn't pass, any alternative should be up for a vote.

With ground broken on the palatial 226 room Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention time to decide what to do with the facility is running out.

As of this date, whether to build the MPEV or not is out of the hands of voters.  Exactly what the facility will be used for is very much up for debate.