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Big Sandy history professor talks changing faces of elections

PRESTONSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - Once we learn the results of Tuesday's primary, many will immediately start thinking about November.

Tom Matijasic has taught history at Big Sandy Community and Technical College for years and over time, he has watched the political process change.

"Local elections really attracted good voter turnout, sometimes over 60 percent. That has been declining over the last, oh, 20 or 25 years," said Matijasic.

One reason for that, many of you are probably familiar with.

"I think that the negative ads are keeping a lot of people from the polls," said Matijasic.

But the campaign must go on and with a U.S. Senate race that is heating up, Matijasic sees a shift in the votes that will truly matter.

"I do not think youth voters will play a big role. I hate to say that. They rarely play a big role," said Matijasic.

However, he thinks female voters will control a lot of power come November.

"If you ignore women, if you go doing traditional campaigns, if you are going to address issues that do not address the concerns of women, then you are going to find yourself in trouble," said Matijasic.

He adds that he hopes more voters will get involved, both men and women.


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