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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

First hour: What do young conservatives want from the Republican Party?

Second hour: Understanding the ballot counting process when races are too close to call

What do young conservatives want from the Republican Party? Polls indicate that young voters want younger candidates, while the two main parties are prepared to re-run candidates at or approaching 80 years old. And while Trump leads the latest batch of polls, the Republican Party has under-performed on many levels since Trump became its de facto leader. Our guests discuss how they see the state of politics. In studio:

  • Austin DeLorme, chairman of the Monroe County Teen Republicans
  • Alina Gritsak-Molinari, secretary of the Monroe County Teen Republicans

Then in our second hour, from the files of "Every Vote Counts," several local races came down to just a few votes on Election Night. One race was tied. Another was separated by one vote. Another by seven. What happened next is a demonstration of why American democracy continues to be one of the leading examples of secure vote counting in the world (despite claims to the contrary). We talk to people involved in the process to get it right, no matter how close. Our guests:

  • Lisa Nicolay, Republican commissioner for the Monroe County Board of Elections
  • Stephanie Townsend, member of Pittsford Town Council whose race was too close to call in 2021
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.