RANKIN, TX (KWES) - On Saturday, the city of Rankin held their General Election giving the voters a chance to have their voices heard.
Lisa Williams, a teacher said, "With me being a teacher, I'm teaching my children about our Democratic society and if I'm not going to partake in that then what am I telling them about the importance of being an American and the freedoms we have here."
Juanita Godette a veteran said, "It's important to have a voice. It's important for you to express your voice and if you don't like something one voice can make a difference."
It was a big day in Rankin. For the first time, the city used electronic ballots and voters found it very easy to use.
"Walked right in and the machine is setup and it's pretty user-friendly. That makes me trusted more since it's not paper and pencil," said Williams.
"It was actually positive for me because my mom had recently suffered a stroke so she wasn't able to actually read the questions on their own. I was able to go in and with the electronic ballot she could push the button so she could make her choice and vote," said Godette
As the results come out voters hope the choices they made will help make Rankin better.
"I came from a larger city so I like the small town feel but I do like the conveniences of a larger city, maybe a grocery store, something that would make it easier for a family," said Williams.
"I think we need to focus on our youth and bring more stuff for the kids to do instead of just walking around looking for trouble," said Godette.
A power outage has affected residents in Rankin, City officials tell NewsWest 9, Brandon Brown is the projected leader over incumbent Mayor Tim Potter.
Jose Guerra and Wayne Allmon are currently leading the city council race.