Exercise your right to vote, no matter the office

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017

Many people in our community might not be aware of the upcoming election or the candidates seeking public office, but the individuals asking for your vote will have an impact on our everyday life.

The individual elected will become a member of a five-person panel who will be tasked with making decisions such as hiring new teachers, increasing or decreasing the Picayune School District’s budget, and ultimately ensuring our students receive the best education possible.

When it comes to elections, no matter how trivial some voters may see them, everyone should exercise their right to vote.

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First, everyone should be registered to vote. Registering to vote is an easy process that will take no more than five minutes. County residents can do so at one of two Circuit Clerk’s offices in Pearl River County. One is located in Poplarville in the historic courthouse facing Main Street, while the other is located on the second floor of Chimney Square in Picayune on Goodyear Boulevard. You can also register when applying for a driver’s license.

After registering to vote, stay informed. Staying up-to-date on current events throughout the community will help you address important issues you feel candidates should focus on. When an individual announces they’ll be running for public office, find out what their stance is on issues important to you. The more you learn about the candidate, the better the decision you’ll be able to make on Election Day.

Also, keep an eye on the current elected officials and what they’re doing to make the community a better place to live. If you think they’re not doing enough and could be doing better, let them know. Call them, send them an email; make your voice heard.

At the end of the day, being involved and informed about what is happening in the community will help you make a decision on Election Day that will benefit you and everyone around you.

Even if you can’t vote during Tuesday’s election because you don’t live in the applicable precinct, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming elections.