Among the first things the Jamestown voyagers did when they set up English America's first permanent settlement was conduct an election. Nearly as soon as they landed – April 26, 1607, by their calendar – the commanders of the 105 colonists unsealed a box containing a secret list of seven men picked in England to be the colony's council and from among whom the councilors were to pick a president. (www.history.org)
Today is Election Day, and like so many before it, the American people will decide how our country, state and cities are governed.
No, it's not time for the presidential election yet, but each election is important, and citizens should participate if they are able.
This election involves many state and local amendments, some of which could directly affect you: The city of Rusk has numerous propositions on the ballot, and each one involves how city government should be operated via the City Charter.
Meanwhile, Alto ISD is hoping to pass a $10,500,000 school bond to make repairs after the tornadoes that hit the city earlier this year destroyed some areas of the campus. Let's give AISD a helping hand, and approve these needed funds in order to make sure the students are afforded a proper education in a safe environment.
If you want better healthcare, education and childcare, fairer taxes, better roads and transport, and better local amenities, you should always participate in the voting process.
Your government, national, state and local, run all of these services and your vote could make a difference:
• Voting is the most important way to make your voice heard on the issues that concern you.
• Voting gives you an opportunity to be part of decision-making that affects your life.
• If you don’t vote, others will make the decisions for YOU!
In Cherokee County, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the following places:
• Precincts 12 and 14 – Gallatin Community Center, 626 S. Chandler St., Gallatin
• Precincts 13 and 15 – First Christian Church, 1920 Beaumont St., Jacksonville
• Precincts 22, 23 and 24 – Rusk Church of Christ, 397 S. Main, Rusk
• Precincts 25, 26 and 27 – The River Church, 595 Marcus St. (U.S. Highway 69), Alto
• Precinct 28 – Assembly of God Church, 6010 U.S. Highway 84 West, Maydelle
• Precincts 32 and 34 – Mount Selman Methodist Church, 135 County Road 3701, Bullard
• Precinct 33 – East Lake Baptist Church, 153 Eastdale Lane (at the corner of FM 346 and Eastdale Lane), Bullard
• Precinct 35 – Cove Springs Community Church, 4948 U.S. Hwy. 175 West, Jacksonville
• Precincts 36 and 37 – New Hope Baptist Church, 12580 FM 747 South, Jacksonville
• Precinct 38 – Old Joe Wright School campus, 215 Kickapoo St., Jacksonville
• Precincts 42 and 43 – Jacksonville Public Library, 502 S. Jackson St.
• Precinct 44 – Afton Grove Baptist Church, 360 CR 4208, Jacksonvilleonville
• Precincts 45 and 47 – New Summerfield First Baptist Church, 201 Church St., New Summerfield
• Precincts 46 and 48 – Blackjack Baptist Church, 18214 Texas Highway 110 North, Blackjack