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Man on the Street: Why do you vote?

Published: Aug. 18, 2020 at 8:17 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Alaska. Voters across the state took to the polls to cast their votes for candidates in the Republican and Democratic primaries. We took the the streets to talk to voters across Fairbanks and North Pole area and ask them why they feel it is important to vote.

“You think primaries don’t matter but they do, because this is you picking the person that is going to represent you. I think voting in the major elections, some people think that’s more important but this is what sets that up, this is the precursor, so it’s very important to get out and voice your opinions,” said Dionne Gorrod a District 1 voter.

“It hasn’t seemed as important in the past, for me this, this has become very important. I am very concerned for things that are happening in our country and I am just hoping for the best results,” said Marcia Holt a District 3 voter.

“Well it’s the only way we are going to turn people around, get rid of the ones we don’t like and get the ones we need to be in there,” said District 1 voter Richard Oehrig.

Mike Seminario is from District 2 and said, ”I’d like to pick my own people to run my life for me, and not have other people pick people to run my life for me. If you don’t vote, you don’t have any right to [complain] about anything in my opinion.”

“It’s important, you can’t make any kind of decision without voting. I mean if nobody votes, then nobody is going to have a say in anything that happens. Regardless of what’s going on around the world right now, we still got to come out and vote,” said Dirk Taylor, District 3 voter.

“Well you don’t have much say if you don’t make the effort to come out and vote for representatives. I mean everybody has their ideas on what works for government, but if you don’t make an effort to make your say valid than all you are doing is complaining,” said Charles Davenport a District 2 voter.

We also asked voters about the safety of voting in-person. Everyone we spoke to said they felt the safety precautions the Division of Elections took were sufficient. All poll workers wore masks and there were masks and hand sanitizer available for voters. Workers also cleaned the booths and pens after each use.

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