Heartwarming Election Stories that Didn’t Make the National News

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You’ll hear a lot about the Kentucky and Virginia elections today (with good reason), but we want to highlight some of the down-ballot races that don’t get as much attention but are just as meaningful.

Councilwoman Kyonzte Toombs, District 2
TBW: Mom life doesn’t stop for your swearing in ceremony. #toombsfortwo #official #sept21 #dayone

A story of perseverance submitted by Karen in North Babylon, NY:

I took my 18y.o. daughter to vote for the first time yesterday. When I arrived at my usual voting place, the doors I usually go thru were locked-although there were signs and arrows saying “vote here”. I was furious. There were doors open around the side of the building, but having these doors locked were definitely a deterrent to voting, at least in my opinion. I mentioned it to the people helping with the voting and was finally directed to an office where I found a Bay Constable who said he couldn’t open the doors as “it was above his pay grade”. Refused to give me his last name. Another man standing with him suggested to him that he might be able to call and get permission to open the doors, which he got. This was ridiculously frustrating for me. All doors should be open on Election Day. Needless to say, my 18 wasn’t too happy with me. The men and women handling the voting cheered me when I told them I got the doors open.

This one did make national news, but it’s too good not to share:

We’ll keep updating this post as we learn of more stories. Have a favorite local election story from yesterday to share? Email kelly@demcastusa.com.

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Born on the 4th of July, Kelly has always been a firecracker, leading a revolution of girls sitting at the boys’ lunch table in 2nd grade and founding Young Independents in high school. Since earning her Masters, Kelly has spent the past 15 years as a university administrator. In the fall of 2017, Kelly co-created the Two Broads Talking Politics Podcast with her friend Sophy. As producer and co-host, Kelly quickly built the podcast into a nationally recognized interview show, featuring Democratic candidates, activists, and authors around the country. She lives in Chicago with her husband & two sons.

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