Protesters hold signs at a peaceful rally calling for an end to institutional racism and police brutality, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP
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US Election 2020: the youth opinion

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With the results edging ever closer, Brig has been speaking to young Americans to get their opinions on the election and the critical issues for their generation.

Protesters hold signs at a peaceful rally calling for an end to institutional racism and police brutality, Wednesday June 3 2020 in Portland, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Skylar Ayers

Phoenix, Arizona

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Is this the first election you’ve voted in?

Yes, it is the first election I voted in.

How did you vote?

3rd party

Who are you supporting?

Jo Jorgenson

Why do you believe this is the right candidate?

I think that protecting rights and the freedoms of the country is essential and that Jorgensen could do that.

What are some of your fundamental reason for voting for this candidate?

My main reason is about putting America first and low gun control and intense government involvement being my most important issues.

How do you feel Trump did as a president in the last four years?

I don’t personally like Trump, but I believe he has been good with the economy and has launched the USA to a level of prosperity.

Who do you think will win and why?

I think Trump will win because he appeals to the common public and redneck voters.

What do you think the future holds for US politics and the nation?

I think what most Americans want is a better United States and to make America great again.

Voters will see a host of changes because of the COVID 19 pandemic including less polling places but bigger locations to help with social distancing. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Nick La Rue

Florida

Is this the first election you’ve voted in?

Yes.

How did you vote?

Mail.

Who are you supporting?

Jo Jorgensen (libertarian party).

Why do you believe this is the right candidate?

I like the party rather than a candidate.

What are some of your fundamental reason for voting for this candidate?

My reasons for voting this party/candidate is the same as why I believe it’s the right; I think that individuals and not the government are the best way to organize society around. Individuals through entrepreneurship and social cooperation are, in most cases, the best at responding to any problem we as a society face.

How do you feel Trump did as a president in the last four years?

I think Trump, in my limited knowledge, did reasonably well, some things that come to mind is that he has neither expanded the powers/size of the government, has not started a war. He has not locked down the country. Some things I don’t think he has done so good is being unpresidential on Twitter and mercantilism with china.

Who do you think will win and why?

This election is different insofar as tensions are higher than the last ones from what I remember. I think the election is pretty balanced, but the fear of a lockdown by the democrat side will push a lot of people to vote Trump, i.e. republican.

What do you think the future holds for US politics and the nation?

If the USA isn’t able to mend the fractures which has been opening for a while, it might no longer be the United States, but this is a worst-case scenario.

Credit: Joshua Chaffin in New York, October 2020

Stiles Fagan

Illinois

Is this the first time you’ve voted?

It is, I didn’t know how to register in 2016.

How did you vote? 

I went to an electronic voting booth. Since everything’s with Covid, we all wore masks and used q-tips for the voting screen. The machine printed out our choices on little receipts.

What candidate are you supporting?

I’m supporting Biden/Harris in this election.

Why do you believe this is the right candidate?

I believe he’s the better candidate because he wants to set plans in place that could better our country. No, I don’t like Biden, but I know he’ll do better than Trump has been doing. 

What are some of your fundamental reason for voting for this candidate? 

He promises to fight for job/worker protections/rights (that goes for their health, too) and he already has a plan in place to deal with Covid (which we already know Trump doesn’t care about). He also genuinely seems to care more about the people than Trump does. 

How do you feel Trump did as a president in the last four years? 

Absolute shit. Excuse my language. 

How has this election differed from previous ones?

It’s a lot more intense than any others I’ve seen in a while. There’s so much at stake.

Who do you think will win and why? 

I honestly can’t say at this point. The results are looking pretty even so only time will tell.

What do you think the future holds for US politics and the nation? 

All I can say is I hope people pull their heads out of their asses and think harder about the future, especially for their grandchildren. We need to vote for those who show care for people, rather than those who care only for themselves. To have a great country and to have hope for its future we will need good leaders to shape it that way.

Feature image credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

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