Becky Newstat, a Democratic activist who traveled from New York City with four of her friends came up to volunteer from NYC with the League of Women Voters in New Hampshire specifically Nashua. They stood out in front of the Shaws Market Saturday for four hours in the freezing cold reminding residents to vote on Tuesday.
Newstat explained why she was so motivated to travel to Manchester and why this election year is more crucial than others for her.“Because it’s important, it’s a right, and it’s a privilege. We’re just very passionate and interested in the election this year more than ever. We feel it is very important, it’s critical and we want to do all we can to make sure people vote and make their voices heard,” she said.
The high stakes enthusiastic energy from Iowa flowed into New Hampshire as Presidential candidates traveled along the campaign trail to Manchester, N.H. to speak to voters anticipating the New Hampshire Primary Tuesday, February 11th, 2020.
Many faces from all different parts of the country flood New Hampshire to learn more about the candidates and who they want to cast their vote for.
Saturday night at the Southern New Hampshire University Arena for the McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner was filled with supporters of Democratic candidates. A young couple who were New Hampshire residents, Josh Fitzy and Rebecca Spedeck, attended the NH Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner. “I think we just wanted to see all the candidates one last time before the primary happens. There is a lot at stake this year, and I think we’re just really eager to see all of the candidates in person and not on TV” Fitzy said.
Choosing who to vote for is a difficult decision. Many voters are still undecided and events like the NH Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner, where all of the Democratic candidates are showcasing why they should win the Democratic nomination are important.
Fitzy was one of the undecided New Hampshire residents. “I’m leaning towards Pete Buttigieg, but I’m still very undecided until Tuesday, and that could change. Pete identifies a lot with the younger generation and a lot of the things that we look for in our candidates compared to some of the older generation” he said.
Social Activists can be found all over New Hampshire during this week canvassing and encouraging voters to come out to the polls and let their voices be heard.
Election years can get personal and for Newstat this year is very personal. She has been extremely unhappy with President Donald Trump. “We want to defeat the man that’s in the White House right now, so that’s a big drive. Whoever can do that were all behind but we were excited last night with the debate. There were so many wonderful candidates up on that stage, it was thrilling” she said.
Ian John, a Philadelphia resident decided to travel to Manchester to volunteer for Bernie Sanders’s campaign.
“I’m here to support Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Today, I went out canvassing for most of the day up until 4 pm and then went to a small rally with Nina Turner and Cornel West. One thing that stuck out to me is that I think people are ready for the primary to happen. People were tired of getting people every day knocking on their doors, but everyone is still positive” he said.
While others were undecided in New Hampshire, John was not. He supports Sanders very strongly and explained why he does. John stated, “He’s the only candidate who doesn’t leave anybody behind, all of his programs are universal and that is something that sets him apart from other candidates. The fact that some candidates are still taking money from billionaires after all this time. After 2016, you know we should have been done with all of that. Everyone saw it didn’t work, it’s antiquated, and the fact that people still do it, they shouldn’t even be allowed to run. Some of Sander’s policies that stick out to me are college for all and eliminating student debt especially. That is a stimulus package that the working class needs.”
Polls closed at 7 PM in New Hampshire and the activists and volunteers working to get the voters to the polls have become stronger than ever.