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Why I Vote: Giving voices to seniors in Big Bend and South Georgia communities

Posted at 5:17 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-12 17:17:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Whatever it may be, we all have a reason we're voting this November.

ABC 27 is highlighting the issues that matter most to you.

Now through election day, we're talking with people in our communities about why they vote.

"The first time I could vote was probably 1968," said Nellie Baumgarten.

"I registered to vote just as soon as I was old enough," Carol Musgrove said. "That was many years ago. I can't remember that far back."

"I voted when I was 18 years old," said Betty Marsh. "It was my first time to vote, and I was so proud."

Three seniors living in Tallahassee. All have been voting for decades, all plan on voting in the upcoming election, and they all have issues helping them decide who and what they support.

"Education has always been very important to me," Baumgarten said.

Baumgarten is a former math teacher.

"I would still do it today if I could just get in the classroom and work with my students and forget all the other nonsense," said Baumgarten.

She says education helps a country stay informed on issues they've been voting on for years. Including the environment, something that's close to Carol Musgrove's heart.

"We are a throwaway nation," Musgrove said. "We need to re-use and use again if possible."

Musgrove gets pretty fired up over people who throw away the chance to vote even if they're eligible.

"And you should vote your belief and have a belief," said Musgrove. "My goodness! Stand for something!"

Healthcare is something Betty Marsh is taking a stand for.

"Pass bills that protect my Medicare and not take away things from my Medicare," Marsh said.

Looking to the future not only for herself but for the younger generations.

"I'm voting for my granddaughters," said Marsh. "I want them to have the same wonderful time that I had growing up."

It's a future all three of these women hope you'll take part in shaping.

"I want my part of it, and I want to vote my share," Marsh said.

"I think protest is a way to make your voice known on the issues," Baumgarten said. "Voting. Voting is a form of protest."

"This election could change our country," said Musgrove.

Senior citizens play a major role in elections.

In the 2018 midterms, voter turnout for people 65 and older was 64 percent!

That's why they vote.

We want you to tell us why you vote.

What's sending you to the polls this election?

You can do it right now, underneath the Why I Vote story at the top of the WTXL Tallahassee Facebook page.

Or share with us on Twitter using #ABC27WhyIVote.