Local Polls Experienced Robust Midterm Votes
Local polls were busy for the general election; voters share what drew them to cast ballots
It’s election day afternoon at Memorial Baptist Church in Evansville’s Fourth Ward, and polling is steadily busy for this midterm election.
Election inspector Don Davis says they’ve had 460 votes so far. He says compared to the previous midterm election, “This one's a lot bigger.”
During a 30-minute period voters stream in and out and outside, supporters for various candidates attempt to hand out information to potential voters.
On the ballot are local, statewide and even national seats such as incumbent District eight representative Larry Bucshon. County residents will also vote for a new sheriff and county prosecutor and open county commission seat.
Several voters chose to share why it was important to them to vote.
“I'm concerned with the school board members that are being placed on the school board, because I think the kids are our future. So just making sure that we have people there have the kids interests at heart,” said Vera Williams.
Ian Walker couldn’t place specifically why he felt it was important to vote. “I'm not even sure how to prioritize that list,” he said. “You know, so many reasons to be here right now, even in a midterm.”
For Jean Brown, 84, it was about abortion, “and ladies not having the rights to do what they need to do for their own bodies. And I do really have a problem with that.”
Mitchell Rea thought it was important to get out the vote for democrats. “I feel like especially in areas like here, we never really stand a chance. So need to get more Democrats to come out and vote in red states.”
Deborah Wagner said voting for the sheriff and judges was important for her. “Those kinds of positions, you want somebody that's going to be fair — not blind to what's going on.”