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Man pushes people to the polls in Fort Myers

Posted at 10:22 PM, Aug 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 07:09:15-04

In Florida, the primary elections are ten days away. As early voting gets underway, David Eastman and his family are taking a creative approach to encourage the people in their community to go and vote. Eastman, his wife, and sister-in-law are using their front yard to engage the community. 

“My sister-in-law and convinced me that I should do something if I was going to talk about it all the time", Eastman told 4 In Your Corner. 

Eastman became more engaged with politics after returning home from serving in Vietnam. Over the years, he tried to find ways to get involved.

“He asked me to help him get involved with the Democrats and so we went down and we did door to door.”

Eastman's post-traumatic stress disorder would cause him to become anxious and keep him from getting involved the way he wanted. His sister-in-law suggested getting a Twitter account so that he could voice his opinions. But Eastman decided to take things one step further. Eastman decorated his front yard with signs urging people to vote, He also has a sign that says, "Honk if you vote" that he uses to interact with people who drive by his house. 

“The main thing is that is they see me get involved as a veteran, fighting for my country, maybe they can do the same things.”

Eastman says it's not important whether or not the people he talks to and who honk share his political views. He simply wants to make sure they're educated and engaged in the political process. 

“This time period, it’s more important now than it ever was ever.”