It’s commonly believed that people don’t pay attention to mid-term elections. Fact is, mid-term elections don’t get the attention of all Americans. There are no flashy names running for president, and many are simply coronations of senators or representatives who have been sitting in their Capitol seat for decades.
However, with Trump winning the presidential election in 2016, things have changed drastically. In 2016, the Republican party took control of the legislative and executive branch.
Now, fortunately, thanks to their ineptitude and inability to work together within their own party and the polarization that Trump has caused inside the party, not a lot has been accomplished. However, enough has been accomplished by Republicans to already have Americans set against a Republican-ruled government.
That’s why it’s really not that surprising to hear that the state of Texas has broken the previous early voting record for mid-term elections. The Laredo Morning Times reported:
‘More than 602,000 voters had cast ballots in the state’s largest counties in either the Democratic or Republican primaries through Wednesday. That does not count Thursday’s totals that were not available late Thursday, or Friday’s, when polls will again be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Four years ago, fewer than 600,000 people voted in the entire early voting season.’
Four years ago, no one thought America would be in the situation it’s found itself in. It did not matter then. It should have. We should have cared more, but now it does. Better late than never, right?
Here’s the thing, though. There is an increase in both parties early voting. Republicans know just what is at stake, and Democrats have received momentum from several special elections they have been able to win. For instance, a Democrat was able to win now Attorney General Jeff Session’s Senate seat for Alabama.
At the heart of the increase in early voting, especially in a state like Texas, a reason for the increase could be the current fight for gun control.
After the Parkland, Florida shooting, a wave of new calls for gun control were made. Rather than forgetting about the issue after a week and the end of a news cycle, survivors of the shooting are still organizing, still protesting, and still calling for changes.
Furthermore, major corporations like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods are increasing the age restriction on gun purchases from 18 to 21.
It’s beyond obvious to many that people are wanting change. To make changes to our country and society, work has to be done, and it looks like Democrats are ready to get their hands dirty. The Laredo Morning Times reported the increase in voting could be thanks to the Democratic party.
‘Democrats represent a major reason for the records and have been out-voting Republicans since the start of early voting on Feb. 20. There have been 25,000 more Democratic ballots than Republicans have cast. That is a big change from the last two gubernatorial election cycles when Republicans dramatically outvoted Democrats in the primaries by well over 100,000 in each year.’
However, that shouldn’t be a reason to think a victory is in the bag. There is still much work to be done, and nothing is more dangerous than a rabid honey badger backed into a corner.
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