USU seeks participants for 2018 midterm elections reflections project

Utah State University is seeking participants for its reflections project on the 2018 midterm elections. (File Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Utah State University is seeking participants for its reflections project on the 2018 midterm elections.

USU Libraries is looking for participants for the U.S. Midterm Election Reflections Project. The project aims to collect and preserve northern Utahns' reactions to the 2018 midterm election on Tuesday. It is a followup project to the university's 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections Project that gathered 233 reflections, stated a Tuesday press release.

Participants are asked to share their personal reflections and reactions on the election, with the option of providing additional information about themselves for the survey.

“This effort is part of the Libraries’ mission to gather and preserve the voices and perspectives of Northern Utah community members,” stated Randy Williams, folklorist and curator in USU's Special Collections and Archives. “The project is an exciting way for people to share their reactions to the Midterm elections which will aid future researchers as they study the political climate of our time.”

Starting on Nov. 7, participants can compose a reflection, or copy and paste social media posts to share on the survey's official website. The survey doesn't open until the day after the election.

Liz Woolcott, head of cataloging and metadata services, stated that the survey will give people an unique look on how northern Utahns react to the midterm election:

The perceptions provided by participants will help to create a snapshot in time of our unique Northern Utah culture and will allow others to see how reactions varied in different locations, between men and women, or by party, etc.

Jennifer Duncan, head of Special collections and Archives, stated that the survey will allow future researchers to understand the diversity in Utah's political culture.

“Future researchers seeking to understand the diversity of the political culture of Utah will require more than vote count,” she stated. “The U.S. Midterm Election Reflections, along with the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections, will provide context and personal reactions to vote tallies.”

Williams, Woolcott and Duncan are coordinators for the project. To access the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Reflections collection, visit digital.lib.usu.edu.

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