Voting on March 18, 2014Posted:
Macon County- When elections come around, some people make it a priority to head to the polls.
"Four years ago about 1,600 people voted absentee and about 15,000 voted so we figured we're going to get some place between 12 and 16,000 it might be on the lower side," said Macon County's Chief Election Officer Stephen Bean.
Bean added, there are regulars who vote early and he has noticed it is a lack of younger voters so far.
"We got about 10 or 12 new individuals who used the new 17-year-old law," Bean said.
Seventeen year olds will be able to vote for the first time in Illinois on March 18th.
"We're are all citizens of a country and if we don't take responsibility then we aren't represented. And the country is supposed to work for all of us and if we don't say anything then nothing happens," said Millikin student China Brickey.
However some people don't take the primaries seriously.
"It's hard to reach out to young people. What they don't realize is how they vote today is going to matter 10 12 years from now," said Adam Tutas.
"I'm paying more attention the President because I think the President is what matters most to me," said Millikin student Brittany McKinney.
Regardless of the election, Tutas added, "elections count especially the primaries. That's where they select the candidates that's going to be on the ballot. It's just that simple. You don't vote. Don't expect representation."
So make sure your voice is heard by voting on March 18, 2014.