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Why We Voted

Turnout was low...but not as low as expected for Philly's primary election. Why? Because voters love their city

The first time I remember feeling riled up about voting was during a high school student council election. The person running for president of my class used grocery store items to capture the hearts and minds of my fellow classmates—truly the best way to meet a bunch of growing teens “where they’re at.”

“You butter believe I’d make the best president,” he said and pulled out a stick of butter from the ShopRite bag on stage, followed by: “I value each and every one of your friend-chips, and promise to listen to your ideas.”

It was by far the best campaign I’d ever seen, and you butter believe he got my vote. Now, as an adult, I still love food puns, but more importantly—I love voting. And like me, more than 200,000 people voted in Philadelphia yesterday. That’s not great, to be sure: Turnout was about 23 percent, four points lower than in 2015, but three percentages more than in 2011, the last time an incumbent mayor was on the ballot.

Throughout the day, many of you sent us your best “I Voted” selfie along with the reasons why you voted. From environmental concerns to honoring women who fought for the vote before you, each and every reason is as good as any if it gets you to the polls. Below, scroll through to see some of your fellow Philadelphians share why they voted and lettuce celebrate another happy election day.

“We’re voting in order to see positive change in Philadelphia.”
Patricia Page (L), Taniyah Hopson-Carter (C), Tyesha Hopson (R)

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“It’s our civic right to vote.”
Samuel Dukes and Rachel Bobien, South Philly

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“I vote because it’s important to care about your local community and city.”
Sean Logan Sr., North Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“We all need to vote.”
Brittney Buzzetto and her daughter Peyton Buzzetto, South Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“It’s important to be apart of the decisions your city is making. By engaging and listening to the candidates.”
Zakia Elliot, West Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“I voted in every election since I was 18 years old and I can’t imagine not taking part—it is essential to our democracy.”
Vanessa and Matt Simansky, South Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“We vote because it’s our right and our voice.”
The Oudomkhati family, South Philly

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“It’s our civic duty to vote and to vote for what you believe in.”
Susan Hardensty and Diana McCarter, West Philly

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“I vote to keep up with the people and politicians who are in charge in the city.”
Quran Whitfield, North Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti

“I vote because it exercises my right as a citizen.”
John Prenis, Center City

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“I vote because it makes a difference.”
Jose Rodriquez, North Philly

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“I voted to be a part of the city and its elections.”
Hayley, Center City

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“I vote because it’s our civic duty.”
West Philly

Photo by Anthony Pezzotti
Photography by Anthony Pezzotti

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