We the People

Caroline Wilkerson ~ Copy Editor

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On Tuesday, November 6th8 citizens all across the United States, and students at the University of Lynchburg exercised their right to vote in the 2018 Congressional Election.

The 2018 midterm elections broke United States history for a number of reasons. According to Grace Segers from CBS News, “An estimated 113 million people participated in the 2018 midterm elections, making this the first midterm in history to exceed over 100 million votes, with 49 percent of eligible voters participating in the election.”

Furthermore, according to The Washington Post, every age bracket increased in voter turnout, and college men and women made a major increase in their participation. The New York times is even estimating that 114 million ballots were cast this year, an increase from the 83 million votes cast in 2014 and the 91 million ballots cast in 2010.

The Critograph took an informal survey of voting habits of students across the campus. These are some of their responses:

Kimberly Mendez, a junior at the University of Lynchburg and a Maryland resident said, “Voting in the elections this year was very important to me! It was my first year voting, something that is a huge milestone in all Americans lives. Along with that, this election was very important in setting the precedent for the future of US politics.”

Griffin Thoreck, a senior and a Maine resident, said, “Getting people to the booths for this 2018 midterm elections was important for so many reasons. Our generation is faced with huge responsibilities moving forward and making sure we live up to our civic duties as voters makes all the difference.”

Carol Oberhelman, a junior and a New Jersey resident, said, “I did not vote in this 2018 midterm election for two reasons: One, getting the absentee ballot is a difficult and untrustworthy process, and two, I did not want to do jury duty, so I have not registered to vote.”

Jake Degenshein, a sophomore and a Pennsylvania resident, said, “No I did not fill out an absentee voting ballot for this election, and I really regret not doing it.”

Taylor Morris, a senior and a Maryland resident, said, “I did not vote in this election because I did not feel I was informed enough about the political issues at hand, and therefore I did not think my vote would be helpful.”

Elena Ferguson, a junior and a Virginia resident, said, “I did not vote for two reasons: one, I am not registered to vote yet, and two, I wasn’t really paying attention to this year’s election.”

According to the 2008 Census Bureau, only 74% of United States citizens are registered to vote, and only 45% of citizens actually participate.

The next United States general election is in November of 2020.