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Does Your Vote Matter: Amber Dukeman, Maryland

As told by Amber Dukeman
Frostburg, Maryland

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Amber Dukeman wears braids in her hair and a bright orange hooded sweatshirt.

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. 

Amber Dukeman (00:00): My name is Amber Dukeman. I am originally from the Aberdeen/Havre de Grace area. I lived in both cities most of my childhood. It's a whole mess. But I currently go to school all the way out in Allegheny County, at Frostburg State.

Amber Dukeman (00:13) At school, I study political science. It's what I study. It's my passion. All of my classes are like, "Yes, it does matter. It does matter." It's hard to see it matter yourself. It's just such a big scale thing, with so many tiny pieces in it.

Amber Dukeman (00:30) It's like, "Does one out of 30 million really?" You feel? It's millions of voters, and you're just one of them.

Asset ID: 2021.03.02.a
Themes: Voices and Votes, voting, elections, campaigns
Date recorded: January 26, 2021
Length of recording: 00:39 s
Related traveling exhibition: Voices and Votes: Democracy in America
Sponsor or affiliated organization: Allegany Museum, in partnership with Maryland Humanities
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