Trumann Lions Club learn about elections and titles

Saturday, January 23, 2016
Poinsett County Clerk Teresa Rouse spoke about her office's duties and elections. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The Trumann Lions Club was treated with speakers on two different subjects last week.

Poinsett County Clerk Teresa Rouse spoke about the upcoming primary and general elections. Rouse told the group her office issues marriage licenses, works with property that is in probate, works with alcohol and narcotic commitments, adoptions, accounts payable, human resources, and the payroll for the county.

Elections are what Rouse loves the most. "I love elections and all that goes with it. This is one of the reasons I went into office. If you do what you love, it's not a job but a joy," Rouse said.

Rouse gave the group a few facts about the voters in the county and a few past elections. Rouse said as of 2010 there are 24,583 residents of Poinsett County and of those 12,069 are registered to vote. In the May 2014 primary, only 17.14 percent--or 2,057 voters--voted. In the general election that year, 51.71 percent--or 6,241 voters--voted.

This year there is only one local race in the primary, and that will involve only Trumann and Lepanto residents.

"I hear all the time: what does it matter, my vote doesn't count," Rouse said. She told the group that in the 2004 school board race in Trumann, it was a tie and they had one absentee vote still to come in. They waited ten days for that vote to see who won the election. In 2012, an alderman race in Trumann was decided by one vote and the 2006 mayoral race tied, the run-off tied, and a coin toss decided who would be mayor.

Rouse also spoke about the elections. At the primary, there are three ballots. The non-partisan ballot has only judicial candidates on it, and then there are the democrat and republican ballots.

Rouse also told the group about the website This website will tell someone if they are registered to vote and where their polling place is.

"We start working on elections months before the actual election. We have to test the machines and make sure they are working right," Rouse said. New machines will be coming possibly as early as next year. Rouse also said they are always in need of poll workers.

From left, Kelsey Abbott, Courtney Clairday, and Brittany McMahan of Community Title and Escrow in Trumann spoke to the Trumann Lions Club last Wednesday. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

The other speakers were representatives from Community Title and Escrow in Trumann. Kelsey Abbott spoke first, telling the club a little about the company. The company is based out of Clay County and has had an office in Paragould for six years. The company bought out Abstracts of Poinsett County and moved the office to Trumann two years ago. The company serves Clay, Greene, Craighead, and Poinsett counties.

"Being technologically advanced, we try to keep our customers informed as they proceed through their real estate process," Abbott said.

Brittany McMahan told the group about how title insurance works. McMahan said the company uses the website to get the records of the property. They get the deeds of all previous owners as far back as the 1800's. "We will see what all has gone on with the title and make sure everything is up to date and make sure you are just paying your share, not something someone else did in the past," McMahan said. After all the information is gathered, it's put in a folder and will be in the paperwork at the time of closing on the property.

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