“If you don’t do politics, politics will do you.” A method to avoid this is voting. Although voting is considered a hallmark of democracy and a guaranteed right by US citizens, most voters tend to be apathetic with low voter turnout. The current political election is memorable yet uncertain, causing many to become cynical and debating whether or not they are going to the ballot. At Notre Dame, students share whether or not they planned to vote and how they felt about the election.
Helen Contreras is a sophomore and business major who intend to cast her ballot this election. She feels that finally being 18 allows her to voice her opinion. Being a first generation American makes this voice even more significant. Contreras is also a first born child and recognizes her status as a role model to younger family members. Moreover, Contreras understands the political process as she is a member of the class council. In regards, to this election she believes that the candidates will attempt to keep their commitments, but it may be difficult because presidents need the support of Congress. That’s why she votes all offices consistently for the same party. “Everyone should vote,” she explains.
Jeannette Rosales Blanco is a freshman double majoring in pre-professional biology and neuroscience. Blanco has already voted. She hails from North Carolina and had her absentee ballot sent to the school, voted and paid to ensure that her ballot was received within two days. Blanco is also 18 and feels lucky to vote right at this age. She feels “empowered for the future of the country” because things are changing as seen in the type of candidates we have this year. More importantly, US priorities are changing that will impact her as a college student.