The Year of Broken Records

By Chloe Trofatter

           No matter why you voted, who you voted for, or what party you are affiliated with, one thing is for certain: the 2018 midterm elections were record-breaking across the board. This year, the United States government became more inclusive than it’s ever been among all spectrums; religion, gender, sexuality, and even age. The name “Year of the Woman” only begins to explain the progress we’ve reached after this year.

           First off, we must congratulate ourselves, as 2018 had the highest midterm voter turnout in over 50 years! With over 100 million voters, this is the highest midterm turnout ever. The number of early ballots turned in by young people, ages 18-19 specifically, increased by almost two hundred percent since the last midterm!

           Not only did the number of voters increase, but the diversity of congress has as well. The era of dusty white men in suits has ended, people. This year we’ve welcomed the youngest congresswomen ever, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Finkenauer of Iowa, both just 29 years old! America also elected its first two Native American and Muslim women as state representatives. These six women will join the other 94+ to make up the largest group of ladies to sit in the House of Representatives at a time.

           It, however, is not just the Year of the Woman. There was quite the rainbow wave flooding into state and federal governments as well. Jared Polis of Colorado became the first openly gay governor for any state. And over 150 people from the LGBT community were elected into office this term.

           The progress we’ve made is truly incredible. But in reality, overall turnout was only about 47%. So, continue to inform yourself and encourage your friends to do the same. Stay informed, stay active, and stay voting!

 

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