Students vote/don’t vote this election


Ivan Olivares

Ivan is having debating on who he should be supporting and vote for in the 2020 presidential election.

Ivan Olivares, Reporter

A surprising amount of Morton East Students would choose to not vote in this Presidential election.

The compelling conclusion of who will win the 2020 presidential election and take the seat of president for the next 4 years is driving the people mad.  According to an article in Washington Examiner, “100 facts about the 2020 presidential election,” published by Kristen Soltis Anderson say that 75% of the Republicans and 80% of the Democrats are excited about the 2020 presidential election. Politicians from both parties are very excited about this year’s presidential election. In the same article, over half a million mail-in ballots were rejected this year across the country. Many mailed-in ballots were rejected already this year. In another article on Forbes, “More than 50 million Americans have voted in the presidential election,” published by Tommy Beer say that over 50 million Americans have already voted — roughly being 37% of the total votes in the 2016 presidential election. The total amount of votes counted are only a fraction of the total expected for the total presidential election which this fraction is already the same number of votes for the entire 2016 election.  In a random survey of 82 Morton East, 37 students reported to vote for Joe Biden while 0 students voted for Donald Trump, but 47 students would prefer to not vote.

“So, I think the main issues in the 2020 election for both Democrats and Republicans, in order, are:

  1. The best way to get the Covid-19 virus under control
  2. How to get the economy running again; a.k.a. the struggles of average Americans during a pandemic
  3. Race Relations, Police Policies, and the, divisiveness over the last 4 years
  4. Climate Change
  5. Immigration
  6. The power and Influence of the Federal Courts, especially the Supreme Court,” social science teacher Mr. Stevens said.

Some people such as social science teachers have questions and doubts for both parties on how they will perform under certain conflicts such as climate change, struggles of average Americans during the pandemic, or get the virus under control.

“It’s an interesting election year, so much has occurred… and now It’s time we elect someone to lead the free world… These two candidates we have currently on the leader board I would say are well compelling. They both bring a lot to the table to offer. Each one with their own beliefs but the world shows more hate than support,” senior Cesar Martinez said.

Some people are anticipating chaos and unrest — whichever candidate wins.

“I think that this is one of the most important elections that I have ever seen. Our country is at a very delicate point right now and we need the best leadership to get us to move forward,” photography teacher Mr. Balderas said.

While Biden is ahead in the polls, the margins are narrowing. According to CNN, the race is getting closer. In the election of 2016, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.9 million votes but lost the election because Donald Trump won the electoral college votes. Will the same thing happen here?

“This election feels like someone is going to win by the toss of a coin because a lot of people are voting for both parties,” former student Tomas Macedo.

Both Candidates are showing to be very persuasive in their own way, but it feels like the election will be decided by a coin toss.