While experts are predicting low voter turnout in the Maryland Primary, several local voters said the right to vote is too important to neglect.
Shirley Artson, 75, said there was no driving issue for her this year other than the drive to vote.
“I think it’s important to vote. Period,” Artson said.
For her, whether it’s a primary or a general election, exercising the right to vote is crucial.
Debbie Miller echoed the same sentiments as she came out of her polling place of Perry Hall Middle School Tuesday.
“Even if you think it’s a lost case, if you don’t go out and vote you don’t know if your vote could have made a difference. It’s a right that I think everyone should utilize,” Miller said.
Miller said she voted Gregory Prush for Baltimore County Executive based on his views on the school system and school superintendent.
“I have hopes but no prediction,” Miller said of the November General Election.
Frank Neal, 68, said he came out to vote at Carney Elementary School because he feels strongly about legalizing marijuana.
“I voted for the marijuana lady,” Neal said, referring to gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur . “Why don’t they just give the people what they want and make money off it.”
He said if marijuana wasn’t an issue, he probably would have voted for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.
“I want to get the right candidate in there,” Neal said.
Education and keeping taxes down were deciding issues for 66-year-old William Winkler Jr. He said he voted for Pat Young for state delegate based on these issues and his own personal encounters with the candidate, whom he met at church.
“I like what he’s doing for the state of Maryland, Winkler said.
For 71-year-old Margaret Lewis, no single issue won out over another.
“All of them are important,” Lewis said of this year’s hot-button issues. “If you don’t vote, you don’t have a say.”