Youth express opinions on election results

Jaden Fields
Editor-in-Chief

Webster Groves voters line up to cast ballots Nov. 3. Some lines began to form as early at 5:30 a.m. Photo by Elise Wilke-Grimm

With a projected presidential elect and claims of voter fraud, this current election is a very tense situation. 

This election, much like 2016’s, has had very high tensions between both sides. Throughout Donald Trump’s current presidency, the sides have grown to seem as if the divide between Democrats and Republicans is at an all time high. “Under Trump, Democrats and Republicans have never been more divided- on everything,” one Washington Post headline said. 

 With talk of the election being rigged and voter fraud committed, the Republicans and Democrats are more divided than ever. Young people have become more involved in politics in this current climate.

 “A new national poll of young Americans reveals that despite—or perhaps because of—the interconnected crises shaping American life, young people are interested and engaged in the 2020 election,” the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement said. 

Due to this spike in youth political engagement, high school aged students have begun to pay closer attention to these current happenings in government. As is the way with adults, younger students often have differing or conflicting opinions, even if they are unable yet to vote. Students have strong opinions about things going on in the American government and formulate their own views of things. 

Sophomore Luca Giordano is rather interested in politics. Despite his age and his inability to vote, he still holds rather strong opinions on the happenings of the government and would likely identify as a more liberal- leaning individual. Claims of voter fraud in this election are being  pushed strongly by the Trump administration, and this is a particular area Giordano held some opinions on. 

“Even in 2016 [Trump] claimed that the only reason (Hilary Clinton) won the popular vote was because of illegal immigrants coming and voting. Now the Trump campaign is trying to invalidate voters by claiming that there were dead people and people who have moved who voted, which is an argument that not only has zero proof, but makes no sense when you look at the pattern of our democracy,” Giordano stated via text message. 

“Obviously this election isn’t over until every single vote is counted, no matter what party it is for. That being said, our projected winner is Joe Biden, and if we see the pattern of our projections then there really isn’t any evidence that he isn’t our 46th president elect. I absolutely respect the result of the election,” Giordano said about his opinion on the election results. 

One senior, who would prefer to remain anonymous, has more conservative leaning views. On the topic of voter fraud, the source said in a text message, “l feel that some states kept the votes consolidated and to themselves so the public couldn’t see anything that was going on.”

This individual is of voting age and votes coinciding with his beliefs.

 “I voted on the fact that I honestly don’t like either one of them, but I just felt that since Trump was in office as president before, and he hasn’t done anything that was putting America at risk, that’s why I kind of voted for Trump. I just feel sketched out as I would do anything when meeting someone new or leading someone to make decisions on my future,” the senior said. 

Although this person’s views politically come to conflict with Giordanos’, his/her opinions on respecting the election outcome remain the same.

 “As an American I respect the voting system. . . as I am upset about the outcome I do respect the fact that (Biden) got more votes,” the senior said.  

Jaden Fields – Editor-in-Chief

This is senior Jaden Fields’ second year working with Echo publications, but she took journalism the year prior to joining. She works as both the Editor in chief as well as the Sports Columnist.

 


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