Bailey Reinhart, 21, decided to vote on Election Day because it’s her first time voting and she wanted it to be memorable.
“I decided to vote this year because it’s more important to me. When I was 18, I was more carefree and didn’t know the meaning of it,” Reinhart said. “I am married now and my husband is in the service and I believe if I have an opinion about what I think our government should or shouldn’t be then I should vote.”
Today marks Election Day – the culmination of months of advertising, schmoozing and pleas from elected officials and wannabes to make them our next leader at the national state and local levels.
Cass County Clerk Beth Liming said 8,686 people voted early, which is down from the early voted tally of more than 10,000 in 2008.
“I intend to see long lines tomorrow,” Liming said Monday.
Hannah Maple, 18, took advantage of early voting when she cast her vote Friday at the Logansport Mall vote center. Maple is a freshmen at Indiana University Kokomo and said she wasn’t nervous because her parents told her about early voting and where she could go.
“I have school and work and it helps out to be able to vote early,” Maple said. “It’s my right and I think it’s important people vote.”
Reinhart said she believes it is important to vote but she thinks people should wait until they are mature enough to make those decisions.
“It’s hard to comprehend all the different views and economical issues that need addressing,” Reinhart said. “You should vote to make a difference for the future and the future of your children.”
Liming said she has prepared poll workers for today through training. She said she has also prepared herself with extra supplies at the Cass County Government Building if she needs to visit a vote center and help.