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Election Day has come and gone, but you can still cast ballots for a contest of a different sort: Locals Love Us.

Voting for this annual best of the Highland Lakes tally started Monday, Nov. 9, and continues through midnight Dec. 4. You can cast a ballot every day online.

Locals Love Us, brought to you by The Picayune Magazine,, and KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune, is a chance for Highland Lakes residents to pick their favorite businesses, services, eateries, organizations, events, and people. The ballot is divided into three areas within the Highland Lakes: Burnet, Kingsland, and Marble Falls, which all together include Horseshoe Bay, Cottonwood Shores, Llano, Buchanan Dam, and the rest of the Highland Lakes. 

“Voting for your favorite local business, person, or event is easy,” said Mandi Goldsmith, publisher of The Picayune Magzine. “The perfect time might be while sitting on the sofa after that second slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving Day.”

You can cast a ballot digitally on your computer and mobile device every day. So vote early, and vote often.

Businesses can encourage customers to vote for them.

“Locals Love Us gives area businesses an opportunity to shine,” Goldsmith added. “Often times, our readers’ and listeners’ votes reveal a business some of us may have never known much about. Then, just like that, there’s a new local favorite.”

A good tip for businesses is to post the link to the ballot on their website or social media accounts and encourage patrons to click that link and vote. 

After voting is complete and the ballot count wraps up, KBEY and The Picayune will announce the winners in a special Locals Love Us section in February. 

“Locals Love Us is a friendly competition in the Highland Lakes, but the bragging rights are real,” Goldsmith added.

It’s also a chance to spotlight some of the incredible businesses, organizations, and people who make up the Highland Lakes.

“Even though the Highland Lakes area continues to grow exponentially, the importance of local businesses, the people, and organizations are more important now than ever,” Goldsmith said. “Locals Love Us showcases many of the local merchants, the people, and events that make our communities so vibrant.”

Visit the Locals Love Us ballot webpage, cast your vote, and, while you’re there, check out the winners from last year.