Local ballot races clarified at Our Revolution voter information session

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Students were informed about contests on the ballot other than the presidential race Wednesday at a voter information session held by the University of Maryland’s chapter of Our Revolution.

“With six days left, we figured it was time for people to start focusing on down-ballot elections,” Michael Brennan, president of Our Revolution, said.

Previously known as Terps for Bernie, Our Revolution seeks to shift the focus of the election from the presidential campaigns to state and local politics. Its two main goals are to inform students about all candidates, mainly promoting progressive contestants.

About 30 students attended the nonpartisan presentation, which educated event-goers on the specifics of the Prince George’s County ballot. Early voting and on-campus voting options were also shared, with the group stressing the importance of an election-day voting plan.

Members of the group’s executive board shared platform stances and past experiences of candidates seeking election in the Senate, Congress and state courts. They also explained the statewide ballot question, as well as the seven county referendums.

Senior sociology major Allison Miletti said the event taught more her about the specifics of the Prince George’s County ballot. Prioritizing the down-ballot contests at the event highlighted an issue not generally focused on by the voting population.

“People nowadays aren’t paying that much attention to them,” Miletti said.

Brennan, a sophomore government and politics major, said the media and social media have had an effect in turning the election into more of a source of entertainment rather than a policy-based race.

This election in particular is important to the Millennial generation, Brennan said, because “we are going to have to live with the consequences.”

“Let’s say President Trump appoints a pro-life person on the Supreme Court and overturns Roe v. Wade,” he said. “That’s going to affect people like us for 60 or 70 years. That’s not something we can afford right now.”