From staff reports
During the weekend before Election Day candidates can get a sneak preview of what voters think of them, and voters can express their opinions, at the Five Points Fire Department's Straw Poll.
From 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 28, area residents can go to the fire hall on Ostella Road, south of Cornersville, buy supper, and get a ballot to show support for candidates in the Aug. 2 election.
Results will be presented that evening.
"This straw poll will be thought provoking," said Dr. Ray Wakefield, a Five Points supporter. "This will also be an excellent opportunity for the candidates to evaluate their position with the voters.
"An election year reveals individual personal judgment and evaluation more profoundly than any other public event," Wakefield continued. "Frequently the public feels they are unable to adequately express themselves...prior to the actual election."
That will all change at Five Points on July 28, when expression of opinions will be encouraged and welcomed, and finally set down in black and white on a ballot.
"This election, these public officials, and this vote need to be taken personally by this community," Wakefield concluded. "State your opinion!"
The menu will include hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixin's, and homemade ice cream. Proceeds benefit the fire department.
"We won't check voting cards or require a photo ID," Wakefield said. "We've been asked 'What if a kid's in school?' Well, then it will be a learning lesson."
Results of the poll are to be published in the Aug. 1 edition of the Tribune. That's one day before Election Day.