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First-time voters’ thoughts on 2016 Election

By Staff | Nov 6, 2016

Editor’s Note: With ELC?Pepper returning in the second semester, we wanted to reach out to first-time voters at Estherville Lincoln Central. What better way to do this than through a first-time voting fellow student. We were happy when John Witzke took up the task. Here are his findings.

The 2016 election is vital in so many ways for the progress of this country. We are in a time period of make- or-break actions and we need a leader who can help us through this time.

One of the great things about this country is that we can vote for whom we want to lead us, but sometimes the hardest part is to get people to perform their civil duty and vote.

As a senior in high school, it is my first time to be able to vote, and many other people’s as well, so we decided to go out and ask these first-time voters why they were choosing to vote, and if they wanted to they could share who they were voting for.

When asking Myles McDonald (18, senior at ELC) why he was voting, he said, “When we get out of high school it will have a huge impact on us, so it’s important young people speak their mind.”

Through this process it was sometimes hard to find people who wanted to vote, so I started asking people why aren’t you voting. Claire Herum (18, senior at ELC) replied with, “I don’t feel educated enough on what is going on to make an accurate vote.”

Jordan Origer (18, senior at ELC) commented by saying “I thought about it, but it is not worth it because both candidates are just pretty [expletive],” and I know a lot of people feel that way.

I then talked to Hallie Jensen (18, senior at ELC) and her comment was “It is my right as an American to vote and some other countries don’t get that privilege, so it is important for us to capitalize on that.”

Tyrell Hopkins (18, senior at ELC) said “It is my civil duty, and I’m strongly against Donald Trump, so if he wins and I didn’t vote, I can’t complain about the outcome, but if I vote and he wins I can complain all I want.”

Brenden Duer (18, senior at ELC) stated “I am choosing not to vote because out of 300 million people it’s a joke those two are the presidential candidates.”

So through these young people, you can see that opinions vary, and some people just dislike both candidates and so are choosing not to participate.

To conclude, here are my thoughts: “I think it is important to vote because we do have a vote, and we need to make it count. I think it is essential that we do not elect someone like Donald Trump. After Bernie Sanders was ousted in the Democratic primary, I felt cheated that I have to vote for the lesser of two evils, but if I don’t vote, I don’t have a voice, and I want my voice to be heard.”

These are the opinions of young voters here at Estherville Lincoln Central.