Tuesday is Election Day. On Nov. 4 we will go to the polls (or we should say if trends hold true, less than 30 percent of us will go to the polls) in the mid-term elections.
Here is what’s at stake: We will elect a U.S. Senator; a full slate of state officials including a new Texas Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and Comptroller; decide Proposition 1, which will determine whether the state will allocate surplus Rainy Day funds for much needed road projects; and a bevy of county races — including a contested race for Ellis County Commissioner Pct. 2.
Polling wards in Ellis County open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. — plenty of time for those who didn’t participate in early voting to shake off the apathy and let their voices be heard.
Historically speaking, that’s not been the case. Texas in general and Ellis County specifically, has a horrendous record when it comes to voter turnout. In the past 20 years, our best showing has been 33 percent turnout during a Presidential election cycle. For the record, that’s 33 percent of the folks who actually took the time to register to vote — not 33 percent of the folks who could vote if they wanted.
Ironic, isn’t it.
We live in America, the proclaimed capital of democracy and freedom, yet the overwhelming major of our citizens take that right for granted and do absolutely nothing on election day.
For much of the past two decades our men and women in uniform have been serving in harm’s way in the Middle East, in countries led by tyrants, despots and fanatics running governments that greatly restrict its citizens from participating in elections — folks who yearn to have what we have, a voice in deciding who will represent us in government.
Yet every election cycle, more than 67 percent of our registered voters (and even more who never bother to register but could) sit silent, opting out of the decision process, gladly allowing others to dictate our future.
What is even more ironic is all the uproar about our state’s new Voter ID process, requiring a photo ID to vote. Really?!? With more than 67 percent of registered voters not voting, are we really worried about voter fraud? Especially with one party always receiving more than 60 percent of votes cast.
Likewise, the argument that “my vote doesn’t matter” doesn’t hold water. Nor does the comment “it doesn’t matter who I vote for, we always get the same results.” It does matter. If the 67 percent that traditionally stay home actually showed up at the polls, it would make a significant difference.
Imagine if that 67 percent all voted for Libertarians. What a message that would send to the established two-party leadership we currently have in place. Either way, if you were waiting on an invitation here it is: GO VOTE!
Ellis County General Election Polling Locations
Polls open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4
Pct. 101, 102 — Midlothian Church of Christ, 1627 N. Hwy. 67, Midlothian
Pct. 103, 105 — Midlothian Conference Center, 1 Community Cir., Midlothian
Pct. 104 — Mountain Peak Community Church, 751 W. FM 875, Midlothian
Pct. 106 — Sardis United Methodist Church, 640 Sardis Rd., Midlothian
Pct. 107 — First Baptist Church-Ovilla, 803 E. Main St., Ovilla
Pct. 108 — Longbranch Community Church, 200 Longbranch Rd., Midlothian
Pct. 109 — Grace Church of Ovilla, 519 Westmoreland Rd., Ovilla
Pct. 110 — Oak Leaf City Hall, 301 Locust St., Oak Leaf
Pct. 111 — Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 N. Grand Ave., Waxahachie
Pct. 112 — Bible Baptist Church, 1400 FM 1446, Waxahachie
Pct. 113, 115 — Graham St. Church of Christ, 304 Graham St., Waxahachie
Pct. 114 — First Baptist Church-Waxahachie, 315 Rogers St., Waxahachie
Pct. 116 — Farley St. Baptist Church, 1116 Brown St., Waxahachie
Pct. 117 — First United Methodist Church-Waxahachie, 505 W. Marvin Ave., Waxahachie
Pct. 118 — Ferris Heights Methodist Church, 108 Center St., Waxahachie
Pct. 119 — Southlake Baptist Church, 2378 S. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie
Pct. 120, 121, 127 — St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 901 Parks St., Ennis
Pct. 122 — Church of Christ on Country Club, 1502 Country Club Rd., Ennis
Pct. 123 — Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 1007 Daffan, Ennis
Pct. 124 — Trinity United Methodist Church, 1500 S. Hall, Ennis
Pct. 125, 128, 136 — Ellis County Sub-Courthouse, 207 S. Sonoma Trl., Ennis
Pct. 126 — First United Methodist Church-Ennis, 300 N. Sherman, Ennis
Pct. 129 — Bardwell Community Center, 504 Waxahachie Ave., Bardwell
Pct. 130 — Milford Community Center, 109 S. Main St., Milford
Pct. 131 — Italy Boze Community Center, 161 W. Main St., Italy
Pct. 132 — First Baptist Church, 206 Giles St., Avalon
Pct. 133, 134— Forreston Baptist Church, 211 7th St., Forreston
Pct. 135 — First Baptist Church-Maypearl, 5744 FM 66, Maypearl
Pct. 137 — Bristol United Methodist Church, 104 Church St., Bristol
Pct. 138, 142 — Fundamental Baptist Church CLC, 203 W. Jefferson St., Palmer
Pct. 139, 141 — Park Meadows Baptist Church, 3350 N. Hwy. 77, Waxahachie
Pct. 140 — The Avenue Baptist Church, 1761 N. Hwy 77, Waxahachie
Pct. 143 — Vernon & Marjory Coffey Justice Center, 156 Louise Ritter Blvd., Red Oak
Pct. 144 — Red Oak City Hall, 200 Lakeview Pkwy., Red Oak
Pct. 145 — Acorn Community & Family Services Center, 101 Live Oak St., Red Oak
Pct. 146 — Red Oak Elementary, 200 Valley Ridge Dr., Red Oak
Pct. 147 — Eastridge Elementary, 725 E. Ovilla Rd., Red Oak
Pct. 148, 149 — Ferris Public Library, 301 E. Tenth St., Ferris