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Bonnie Isman: Amherst can do better when it comes to voting


Friday, October 01, 2021

We are facing a make or break moment for democracy in Amherst. Will Amherst voters turn out for local elections on Nov. 2? After all the outrage about voter suppression in other states, will Amherst residents show up and vote for the candidates of their choice?

According to 2020 census for Amherst, our town population has grown to just under 40,000 people. Despite this growth, the number of eligible voters has declined from 21,990 in 2018 to 17,269 in 2019. In last year’s presidential election, Amherst’s eligible voters declined again to 16,572. During the last municipal election in 2019, only 2,371 Amherst voters showed up to vote — less than 1% of the town’s population! We can do better!

The League of Women Voters of Amherst encourages all eligible residents to register online at registertovotema.com. Contact voterservice@lwvamherst.org for more information. You have a voice. You have a vote. This is your chance to make democracy work.

Bonnie Isman

Amherst

The writer is a member of the Voter Engagement Committee for the League of Women Voters of Amherst.