Make your choice, use your voice

Eligible Wolves are urged to be bold and run to the polls


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MAKE YOUR CHOICE, USE YOUR VOICE: More than 2.5 million Arizonans are expected to vote on Nov. 3.

Rachel Mattisinko, Reporter

In 2020, nearly 2.6 million Maricopa County residents voted in the general election and nearly 2.5 million voted in the primary. With updated and more available information, the Maricopa County Recorder and Elections Department anticipates more interaction with voting for this years’ midterms.

“The importance of voting depends on the individual.”

— Abby Raddatz, chief of staff of the Maricopa County Recorder's Office

Voters under 21 made up nearly 2 percent of participants in the primary and nearly 7 percent in the general election. Although this amount is a small percentage, each vote is important to the democratic process and has the possibility to change the outcome, said Abby Raddatz, chief of staff for the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

The Midterm election this year is comprised of both federal and state races. Voters have the opportunity to elect members for the Senate, House of Representatives, and Congressional. As for Arizonians, the positions such as Governor, Secretary of State, State’s Attorney, and statewide officers, are up for reelection.

Wolves would have been eligible to vote as a 17 year old as long as they turned 18 before November 8, 2022. The registration process is relatively simple thanks to the Maricopa County Recorders Office.

“We try not to be political,” said Raddatz, “and don´t encourage anybody or specific demographic to vote.” The office’s intention is to make it as accessible as possible to vote and answer questions, she added.

“The importance of voting depends on the individual.”

For many, voting is a crucial part of the democratic process where they can make their voice heard, while others might not care for politics or be directly affected by issues. Regardless of political advocacy, each individual vote that can be cast, does have a real impact on the total count. Even the small demographic of people 21 and under can sway election results.

There are also many more ways to be involved if one is interested. People politically motivated can volunteer for their political party or join a campaign. The Recorder’s Office is staunchly nonpartisan as it runs and administers the elections. Teens interested can volunteer to be poll workers, work on tasks, and help register voters.

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