Election Day means different things to different people, but there’s often a common sentiment among them.
“I think it’s very important,” said Brandi Milam, a Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and second time voter said. “I think the only way democracy thrives and continues is if the majority participates.”
Milam says she voted for Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate, and she thinks many of her friends at TAMUCC did the same.
“I think my particular age, I don’t think many people realize it, we’re politically motivated,” the 20 year old said.
On the other end of the spectrum is Irma Sanchez who voted today despite having to use a walker to get around because of back and knee problems.
“Ted Cruz,” she replied when asked who she voted for in the U.S. Senate race. “Because I notice that he does things that he says he’s going to.”
A third voter, Tom Mathews of Corpus Christi, was less forthcoming with who he voted for in that race. But he was opinionated when it comes to the voting process. He says it took him an hour and 15 minutes to cast his ballot.
“I could have walked from the other side of town and it would have been faster,” he said.
Mathews was critical of the staffing and amount of equipment at the polling place at the La Retama Library in Downtown Corpus Christi.
“We don’t have enough machines in there or people to handle what’s going down,” Mathews said. “It’s not right to the candidate. It’s not right to the voting public. Personally, I thought it stunk.”