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From millennials to seniors, voter turnout on all sides spurred by 'T-R-U-M-P'

From millennials to seniors, voter turnout on all sides spurred by T-R-U-M-P. (ABC7)

There are less than four weeks until the midterm elections and politics is becoming a popular topic of conversation. Whether a Democrat, Republican, Independent or identify with another party, some voters across the DMV said the current state of American politics will bring more people to the polls in November.

“On either side, whatever you feel, there’re reasons to be riled up right now,” said James Teeter, a registered Independent.

“I’m fired up. I’m wanting to get involved as possible,” said Amy Nassar, a Democrat.

“[Voters are] inspired one way or the other,” said Carl Saperstein, a Republican.

There are more than 9.5 million active, registered voters across Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. As of September 30, in the District, 491,733 people are registered. In Maryland, 3,975,309 can cast a ballot in November. In Virginia, 5,624,332 are officially signed up.

“Registering to vote is half the battle,” said Roger Strittmatter, a Democrat.

That’s where social media and phone apps are coming into play.

“Even on my Facebook feed I have people telling me they’ll give people rides to vote. Uber and Lyft are giving free rides. I have friends saying direct message me if you need a ride to the polls,” explained Nassar.

An 83-year-old Virginia Republican believes there’s a big reason for a potentially huge turnout for the midterms.

“Five letters. T-R-U-M-P,” said Saperstein, a Republican.

“Oh, heck yeah. Because of that one man,” said James Proctor, a Democrat.

One young voter said it’s not about the right or left.

“There are a lot of millennials that are looking at what’s happening within this country and that aren’t too particularly happy with the two-party system,” said 21-year-old Marlon Steven Poroj.

Celebrities from Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Taylor Swift are pushing for people to vote. It’s just a matter of time to see if their star status will make a difference.

“I think a lot of people will come out because of that,” said Winston Martinez, an Independent.

“I don’t pay attention to that really,” said Republican Sharon Shackelford.

“The last event I saw for Hillary Clinton before the election was Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen. She lost,” said Strittmatter.

“I make my own decisions. I hope people just get out there and just listen to what’s right,” said Democrat Markisha Davis.

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