Voting among college students


photo-1471914036897-d8255336ca8aRachel Wong

Staff Writer, Lake Worth Campus

The elections are nigh upon us! November 8th draws nearer with each passing day and citizens everywhere are making their final decisions on who to cast their ballot for. The polls are inconclusive and at times, contradictory. With so much going on in the news, a few students had some choice words to say about the upcoming elections:

Sarah (19 year old student who is studying to be a teacher):

“I don’t pay attention to it so much. I don’t trust Hillary Clinton and I also don’t want Donald Trump to be President. So it’s like, it doesn’t matter which one wins the elections, we’re doomed anyway. I’m not registered to vote yet but I plan to so I can vote state-wise. I’m not voting for who’s gonna be President, because I don’t like either of them and we’re doomed anyway.”

Stefanie Hibbert (graphic design student):

“It’s like both the candidates are both really horrible but which one is the lesser of two evils. I’m worried about whether or not I have a job after I graduate more than I am about the elections right now.”

Marianne (aspiring nurse):

“I am registered to vote but I don’t really know so much about politics. No, I didn’t watch the debate but I am planning to vote because there really is only one choice which means there is NO choice. There aren’t any good choices. One is crazy and one is not as crazy. I’m finally able to vote and right now, it’s not like it was with Obama – I actually liked Obama and I don’t like either of these (candidates) now. The current political situation is in turmoil because nobody likes any of them. Trump seems unstable and talks out of his butt and doesn’t have any views on anything. And then Hillary, she lies and doesn’t seem like she can be trusted either. So I think when you’re voting it’s like you’re voting for the lesser of two evils.”

Tayrel Williams (26 year old student):

“I feel it’s more so like picking the lesser evil. Understanding which one won’t destroy everything. I think about what will impact our future and how it will impact us. I caught a bit of the debate and I don’t feel good listening to Trump. When he brought up the ads for the election, Hillary slandering his name and whatnot, Hillary said something along the lines of “these are the things you do when you make an ad.” And Trump answers her with, “I don’t place ads because I don’t want to spend the money” and that’s just a greedy kind of way to try to make himself look good by saying he doesn’t want to spend money on his own presidential campaign. College students look at who the voting process is really benefiting. Like, “How will voting really affect me later on in life?” People have been voting for years but students see no real changes in their environment. Most of the benefits, are for older people. If I tell you something like you can get 10% off your income or property tax, kids don’t own property, you know?”

Students everywhere echo these thoughts of uncertainty. The climate is definitely one of dissatisfaction, mistrust and sometimes even ambivalence. Regardless of that, voting is still the legal right (and some might say duty) of many native Floridians.

Anyone over the age of 18, who is a U.S. citizen, and a legal resident of Florida, may register to vote. Florida’s deadline to register to vote for the General Election has passed on October 11, 2016 (29 days before the General Election itself).

Only thirteen states plus the District of Columbia currently offer same-day-registration. While there are many groups and organizations such as the League of Women Voters, Get Out the Vote and Campus Vote Project that strive to recruit all eligible voters, it is only personal initiative that will determine if college students make an impact on this year’s election.

*President-elect Donald Trump has won the 2016 Presidential election vs former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.