CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Election Day is a week away and many say they’re ready to hit the polls.
“People fought and died for our right to vote for more than 200 years, we have an obligation to honor them,” said Jim Dinkel.
“We live in a culture now where people like to complain, they like to throw rocks, but if you aren’t willing to get out and vote what you believe, then you don’t really have a right to complain,” said Rebeckah Watkins.
Historically, voter turnout is higher for presidential elections. This election may not be presidential, but many feel it’s still important to make sure you vote.
“The U.S. Senate representatives, they all come from this type of election,” said Minerva Adom.
Plenty of races and issues will appear on the ballot Tuesday. Which issues are most important to voters?
“Climate change, ones involving environmental sustainability, women’s rights are huge,” said Meghan Murphy.
“Gun control, and how we’re protecting students in schools,” said Anne Beninghof.
“Jobs, economic security, defense and national security, relationships internationally,” said Lincoln Watkins.
The Pew Research Center says millennials are on track to overtake the baby boomers as the biggest generation in the electorate. We asked one how we get more of them to vote.
“I think if we get more common knowledge within schools and universities and start advocating people to start voting and then they’re going to. I think a lot of people are very passionate about certain things, but they lack the effort to go to the polling station.
One woman says she feels it’s especially crucial for minorities to make their voices heard.
“If they’re fighting so hard to prevent our vote, there’s a reason. They understand the importance of it, so we should understand,” Adom said.
Polls open at 7 a.m. on November 6th.