Preparing yourself to vote in upcoming election

Published 7:53 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2018

There are five days left until Tuesday’s election, meaning you’re running out of time to determine which candidates you’d like to vote for.

Of course, anyone ready to vote now is more than welcome to do so. Early voting has been open since April 30, and we’re hopeful many people around the county have already cast a ballot. If you need help remembering who’s on the ballot, we’re planning to publish information recapping each local and state race in the coming days. 

Local candidates were given the opportunity to write a political announcement, giving details on their history and on their campaign. All of those announcements published in our paper, all at the bottom of the front page. Some candidates chose not to send one, and that’s their choice, but everyone had the same opportunity.

Reviewing those might be a good way to study what local candidates believe.

The LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce also held a political forum for both of the contested local races (county commission chairman and the district 7 spot on the Troup County School Board) and for state senate and house candidates.

We recorded those forums using Facebook Live and they are still available on The LaGrange Daily News Facebook page.

For anyone that does need reminding, Tuesday’s primaries will determine the final candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, state school superintendent and much more. Locally, the Troup County Commission Chairman position will be decided, considering there are no Democratic candidates in that race. The contested spot on the Troup County School Board is also up for grabs.

There’s a lot at stake locally and statewide Tuesday, and everyone should take time to have their voice heard at the ballot box. During last year’s municipal elections, one in every five Troup County citizen voted.

We hope to see a much higher turnout this time around, given the importance of this election.