I’m writing this on Monday, just before Election Day. Historically, mid term elections have seen lower voting numbers. Not so this year. Funding for several Twin Cities metro projects on the ballot, several races (including, surprisingly, the Governor) are too close to call, and control of the Legislature is in the balance. Nationally, U.S. News is reporting that early voter participation points towards a record-breaking turnout, even higher than seen in 2018. We should anticipate as much in Minnesota as well. And, so far, young people have participated in early voting at a much higher level than historical averages. St. Paul and other big districts are keeping students home. And election officials are preparing for scrutiny on voting, election results.
Beyond partisanship, I anticipate that the economy and inflation will impact voting. In recent weeks, most voters are giving the U.S. economy a dismal grade. That is, 56% of voters say the current state of the economy deserves a D or F, with inflation and the cost of necessities like groceries and gas driving their assessment.
My encouragement? To my mind, we all have power – and responsibility. Use it and vote!
See you in the trenches.
Election day is THIS week. Be sure to reference our East Metro Voter Guide to learn more about your candidates!
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