SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (WAND) — Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons said he expects more voters than in previous midterm elections. He attributes the increase to topical topics and race.
“There’s a lot going on politically,” Ammons said. “There’s a lot going on in Roe v. Wade. The Jan. 6 committee met. There are lingering or looming questions about the Supreme Court overturning same-sex marriage. There are many things I am excited about.”
Macon County Clerk Josh Tanner said the daily early voting numbers are much more stable than they used to be.
He says many of certain Macon County constituencies are uncontested, which he believes is just one reason more people are voting early.
“I don’t know if it’s because voters are used to mail-in ballots right now and they need to let them know they need to vote, or if it’s more of a function since most voters have already made up their minds. I don’t know. I want to come early and vote,” Tanner said.
Kent Redfield is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He said some topics may be encouraging people who wouldn’t normally vote in the midterm elections to do so.
“There are definitely hot issues that people are starting to worry about, like gun violence, abortion, and the SAFE-T law, so people will be more focused on going to the polls,” said Redfield. said Mr.
He said crime is statistically one of the most effective topics for getting people who are undecided to vote in elections, especially midterm elections. Unlike issues like abortion rights that have been debated for a while, people are losing interest.
Redfield said the pandemic has caused many people to view elections differently. It has encouraged people to vote based on personality and leadership rather than agenda.
“Your level of confidence and your level of trust is very important because you never know what will happen after a pandemic,” Redfield said. People who go to
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