By Derek Nesbitt
The Lansing Star
LANSING — Voters and precinct workers expressed the importance of voting and shared their 2014 election experiences Nov. 4 the Grace Lutheran Church, Lansing’s 35th Precinct on the city’s north side.
Precinct worker Robert Garrett, who also has a radio-talk show at Ovid Elsie High School where he speaks with various government officials, said Election Day for him was interesting, with more middle-aged adults showing up to vote rather than the youth and elderly.
‘It hasn’t been too many young people, but it hasn’t been too many older people, it’s mostly been middle aged,” Garrett said. “I find this precinct more interesting just because it’s actually fast paced and moving.”
According to the Michigan Secretary of State website, Precinct 35 had 2,311 registered voters with a 631 turnout and 27 percent voting. Rick Snyder won the state of Michigan but lost to candidate Mark Schauer at the 35th Precinct by 297 votes.
Garrett said voting is very important because without voting, citizens have no say on what’s going on with our government.
“If we don’t voice our opinions and support our candidate, our ideas cannot be presented to our state and local government,” Garrett said.
Amanda Beasner, an administrative employee for the city of Lansing, explained that she was excited to vote and it’s important her voice is heard.
“I wanted to make sure I’m counted,” Beasner said. “I don’t feel like you can complain if you don’t get out, cast your vote, and make yourself heard.”
Beasner also said young adults should get out and vote more to avoid complaining about government issues post-election.
“I am here because my generation is lazy and if I don’t do my part then no one else is going to,” said Beasner.
Beasner also said she would like to see less negative campaigning.
“I don’t like it when candidates are bashing on each other with advertisements and stuff like that; state your point and move on,” Beasner said.
Marcelia Long, sales worker and Lansing resident, agreed that there should be less negative advertising.
“I think there should be less slandering in advertisements on television just because it’s hard to believe what’s the truth,” Long said.
Long later explained her election day by saying it was easy, simple, and quick. The importance of voting for her was simply the fact she had the opportunity to vote.
“Taking into consideration what people in the past had to endure to have this right,” Long said. “It’s important to fulfill this civic duty now that people of color and women now have this right.”