Zavalla election boxes make a difference, candidates say

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - Out of the nearly 48,000 registered voters in Angelina County, some say Zavalla has the power to turn a local election.

"They can swing a vote because they will turn out and they can move the numbers that much," County Commissioner candidate Scott Cooper said.

Boxes 17 and 17B: Scott Cooper knows them well.

"Four years ago I was in the lead going in," Cooper said. "People who turned off the news at 10 thought I'd won, saying congratulations. I said it wasn't over, it wasn't over until we hit 17 and 17B."

Cooper's opponent, Delbert Jones, agrees those Zavalla boxes are critical precincts.

"Near all the commissioner races has to carry this box here to win most of the time," voter George Cryer said.

"That community of the county, it's a small community, but it takes on a huge turnout for voting," Election Administrator "Midget" Sherman said. "I'm not sure why, but they all get out and vote."

At the Zavalla courthouse, early voting is just a few weeks away and it's something residents don't take for granted.

"And if you don't vote, then what do you do?" voter Dayne Lawder said. "You gripe because they don't do this and you gripe because they don't do that, well it's the people's fault that they don't turn out to vote. There's nobody to blame but yourself."

Cryer has voted in every election since he turned 21. He's lived there 70 years.

"It's a small town and they're interested in how our government is run and they do turn out, it seems like, better than any of the other boxes in Angelina County," Cryer said.

A small voting powerhouse which candidates will be watching again this November.

"When people speak you have to listen and Zavalla speaks," Cooper said.

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