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Civic Duties and Voting: Sophia Peters, Maryland

As told by Sophia Peters
Salisbury, Maryland

Story Narrative:

Sophia stands against the wall and puts her hand on her head. She wears a bright, orange sweater.

This snapshot was gathered in conjunction with the Maryland Voices initiative at Maryland Humanities, specifically to supplement the "Voices and Votes: Democracy in America" traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program. This collection, made up of stories of first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 24, showcases the experiences of young people as they wrestled with the 2020 presidential election, issues around social justice, the environment, immigration, and the pandemic.

Sophia Peters (00:00): My name is Sophia Peters. I am from Salisbury, Maryland, and I attend Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

Sophia Peters (00:08): Yes, my mom would take me to go voting with her every four years. We would go together. My mom was a stay at home mom when I was younger. And so that was very exciting. She would let me wear her "I Voted" sticker. I think the sticker is a very powerful symbol in a country that is so politically divided right now, that as long as you are voting and you are making your voice heard, and we can appreciate the fact that you as a citizen are doing your part to make your voice heard.

Asset ID: 2021.03.16.f
Themes: Voting, parents, mother, memories, elections, civic responsibility, partisan, divisive, politics
Date recorded: February 4, 2021
Length of recording: 00:35 s
Related traveling exhibition: Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
Sponsor or affiliated organization: Edward H. Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University, in partnership with Maryland Humanities
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