This was probably the nastiest election cycle in American history. Despite all the negativity, something good came from it!
CT Post reports that Connecticut saw a record amount of people vote on Election Day. Officials say the state saw a history-making 77 percent voter turnout, which is precisely 1,675,955 voters.
The town of Monroe can claim bragging rights of witnessing the biggest voter turnout, which was roughly 87 percent. Three other areas saw record numbers, with Westport, Newtown and Greenwich seeing an 85 percent turnout.
Needless to say, ballot boxes across the state were invariably stuffed.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill expressed her delight, saying that “election modernization is working.”
Merrill told the Post, “Hundreds of thousands of people registered to vote online and tens of thousands more took advantage of Election Day registration and the streamlined motor-voter system, which enables citizens to register while applying for a driver’s license.”
Let’s face it, when people want something changed, the most likely way to achieve that is by casting a vote. The fact that Connecticut experienced the highest voter turnout in a Presidential year is astounding.
Several lawmakers theorized why so many people were moved to cast ballots this year. State Republican Party Chairman, J.R. Romano, believes social media played a gigantic role. However, he sees that as both as a blessing and a curse.
“I think why you see record numbers of turnout is engagement has changed,” Romano told the Post, “I also think that has to do with the culture that’s been created […] both on the left and right, fake news sites. It’s a different world.”
Romano touched upon Clinton and Trump’s historically low approval ratings and theorizes that had Presidential candidates of the past been subjected to the same kind of online culture, America would have voted differently.
Let’s be real about something; memes played a huge role in this year’s election. Sharing a tasty morsel of juicy political news has never been easier, so misinformation and its inevitable counter-movement spread like wildfire. Needless to say, the urgency to vote was clearly established.
Despite how and what inspired people to head to the polls, politicians are ever hopeful that this has inspired residents to exercise their constitutional rights as often as possible.
So, what made you want to vote? Let us know!