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Emma Shafer, Assistant Editor

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To those who choose to spend November 6th volunteering at the polls.

Every election requires a team of people who have to go and man the polls from 6 a.m. until the polls close at 8 p.m. These people are an eclectic mix and are hired through the Sangamon County Clerk’s office.

We commend people for being there to make sure the masses are able to vote quickly and easily every election. They deserve recognition.

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The recent voter suppression that has been seen in America.

Native Americans in North Dakota made national news last week after it was discovered that they would be unable to vote in an important Senate race. Native Americans who live on settlements do not have street addresses, but have P.O. boxes. A technicality in a North Dakota law requires that those who vote have street addresses.

In Kansas, the mostly Latinx town Dodge City are not able to vote locally. Their only polling place was closed.

Georgia saw thousands of people being unregistered to vote after Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office removed their names from the rolls. 70 percent of the names removed were African-Americans.

Voter suppression is alive and well in America today, and seems to be affecting a majority people of color.

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Those in Springfield working so hard to ensure that everyone is able to vote November 6th.

Groups like Faith Coalition for the Common Good have registered hundreds of people to vote this election season, and have knocked on over 1,000 doors reminding people to vote in the upcoming midterm election.

They are not affiliated with a political party and do not endorse specific candidates.

Don Gray, the Sangamon County Clerk, has also extended early voting hours this season. The clerk’s office is open Monday-Sunday, and has seen record amounts of people early voting this cycle.

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Campaigns who are running attack ads against their opponents.

Many campaigns in Central Illinois are facing stiff competition, and have turned to running attack ads against their opponents, often including outlandish arguments and unverifiable claims.

Rodney Davis, an incumbent running for re-election in the 13th Congressional district, ran an ad against his opponent Betsy Dirksen Londrigan claiming she had something to do with getting a Lincoln hat at the Presidential Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum that was not able to be tied to President Lincoln.

Governor Rauner ran an ad against J.B. Pritzker depicting a marriage ceremony between Pritzker and Illinois Speaker of the House Michael J Madigan were married. It featured profanity and a message that was unclear.

These attack ads do nothing constructive for the candidates who run them; they simply stir up anger and hate in their bases.

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