Young voters eager to head to the polls this Election Day
Undated (WHAM) – Younger generations of voters are jumping at the chance to take part this Election Day.
Early voting numbers are showing a wave of young voters planning to hit the polls Tuesday.
Jade Laplante anticipated this moment, and that’s because this year is unlike any other for her.
“It’s finally my turn to vote!” she told 13WHAM News.
Laplante’s parents are from Canada. She’s a first-generation U.S. citizen and will be the first in her family to vote.
“I get to elect people who are going to implement policies and changes and things I want to see,” she said.
The 19-year-old is helping make history by joining an unprecedented number of registered voters for this year’s midterm elections in Monroe County.
Mallory Edgell is one of those voters.
“Voting is the one thing I can do that will show what I am thinking,” she said.
She, like Laplante, are among a wave of young, empowered voters pushing their peers to hit the polls.
“Especially at a time like this, where it’s so polarized,” said Edgell, “now is the time.”
“This is a really big privilege,” said Laplante.
Board of Elections Commissioner Thomas Ferrarese said it is too early to tell how many first-time voters are among the 460,000 who are registered.
“There does seem to be a little more interest in the election process at this point,” he said.
Meanwhile, teens like Julia Allen who are still too young to vote is counting down for when it’s her turn.
“I’m really excited for 2020, when I get to vote,” she said.
The Board of Elections anticipates a 65-70 percent turnout Tuesday. Those are numbers usually seen during a presidential election.