With voter turnout expected to reach record highs, Central New Yorker’s made sure their voices were heard on election day. Political events over the last couple of years woke up a sleeping giant, and inspired millions of people to participate in the 2018 midterm elections. In exciting fashion, the Fayetteville Free Library saw a 20-percent increase in voter turnout this year.
Local residents took it upon themselves to get involved for a multitude of reasons. Recent decisions made by the current presidential administration, support of education, preservation of economic status, and religious beliefs were some of the many factors motivating people to get out to vote. Retiree and Fayetteville resident Betty Jones believes this midterm election could have a more significant on the future of the United States than any other in recent memory.
“Democracy is having a real test this year and that it’s time for us to stand up for it, and if we don’t, we might lose our chances to do so in the future”, Jones said.
Most people on concern themselves with voting in the presidential election every four years. In hopes of having an impact on a local level, my voters have taken their destiny into their own hands by voting, as well as spreading knowledge to inspire others to vote.
“It’s important to vote in primaries, and that the whole political process is often times determined at that point, and so it’s important to vote both at midterms, and big elections”, Jones said.
The current political climate forces citizens to digest an unhealthy amount of controversy, day in and day out. It’s not easy to stay up to date with all that’s going on in Washington, but the increase in voter turnout proves that people are watching closely. Politicians are being held to a higher standard at both the national and local levels. More than 80-percent of registered voters in the Fayetteville Free Library distract assumed their democratic responsibility and voted. Local residents are standing up for what they believe in, and are demanding change.
“The whole political process is important, and for it to function properly, we need to all be there”, Jones said.
The 2018 midterm election had a historic voter representation, and it could lead to a more educated and well informed society moving forward.