Don’t Lose Your Right To Complain


By: Charlie Hoots

We are all guilty of voicing our opinions about our elected officials when we disagree with their actions.
But this year’s poor turn-out of voters in our city’s elections makes you wonder if we need to keep our mouth’s shut if we did not participate in the process.

Many people don’t think their vote matters but we don’t have to look far to see how low voter turn-out can drastically change outcomes.

The city of Southaven has a population of over 50,000 people and our last primary election in May was decided by just about 3,000 voters.
This “primary” election determined the Mayor’s race since there was no challenger from another party.

The long time incumbent Mayor of Hernando, Chip Johnson, lost to political newcomer, N.C. “Tom” Ferguson, in the same Primary election. This race was decided by 3,000 of that cities voters.

The mayor of Sardis lost his post in a run-off election by just 26 votes. Did his supporters think he had it in the bag?
Well he didn’t, and the city has their first female mayor. Not that a woman mayor is a bad thing but I wonder how many of his supporters are kicking themselves today for not returning to the polls.

Did you know that this year’s election season is not over?

Yep, tomorrow, June 6, is the General Election for cities in Mississippi.

This election will decide your city’s path for the next four years.

With these examples of voter apathy shown in the last few elections, we may be in for a few more surprises.

So remember, if you don’t go and vote tomorrow. You lose your right to complain for the next four years.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday across DeSoto County for the general election of municipal officials in all five of the county’s municipalities.