Voters cite civic duty and social change as catalyst for primary turnout | New

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Voters in Normandy went to the polls on Tuesday to nominate the party’s candidates for the November general election, which will decide representatives at local and national level. Participants in this election agreed that voting at all levels is important for democracy and were armed with knowledge of the candidates’ positions on several issues of national concern.

Stephanie Pilat, director of the architecture division at Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture, said she voted in Tuesday’s primary because it’s her civic duty, but specifically to vote for Senate candidate Madison. Horn, noting that one of his deciding factors was Horn’s support for abortion rights.

“It would be amazing to have a woman (in the Senate),” Pilat said. “I looked at her website. She’s pretty moderate, but she walked out after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in favor of women’s rights over their own bodies.

Pilat said that for everyone in Oklahoma, and especially for OU undergraduates, elected officials have “so much control” over their lives, adding that if students want changes in the amount of funds public funds paid to their university to lighten their financial burdens, the vote is extremely important.

Shannon Wiser, a graduate teaching assistant, said reproductive rights, gun reform and what “happened this week” stuck in her mind as she headed to the polls.

Amelia Andre, a local realtor, said Joy Hofmeister inspired her to vote in the primary. Andre spoke of her frustration with the state’s current leadership, explaining that she respects the way Hofmeister acts in her role as the state’s superintendent of public instruction.

“I don’t like Stitt,” Andre said. “I want (Hofmeister) to be governor, not him.”

One voter, who wished to remain anonymous, said she had voted in every election, whether primary or general, since she was 18. She added that she wanted to “get our country back on track”. She also agreed with her fellow citizens that voting is her civic duty.

Emma Kuster, senior researcher at the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, and Charles Kuster, associate researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Severe and High-Impact Weather Research and Operations, said they try to vote in all elections, especially elections. local.

“We think it’s important to vote in all of the primaries and the high profile ones as well,” Charles said. “Participating in democracy is important, even if sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. Voting will really… for sure (show how) important (it is) that your voice is heard and this is one way to do that.

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