Election 2020: College students’ Voices – The Free Press

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On a neighborhood and nationwide stage, the 2020 election was filled with controversies and excessive stakes for a lot of. Deciding whether or not or to not vote in any election is a crucial resolution. Voting is a proper of each United States citizen, however it’s also the civic responsibility of residents to vote. After Joe Biden was elected President-Elect with Kamala Harris as Vice President-Elect and incumbent Senator Susan Collins was re-elected, opinions have been heard all over the place, particularly from college students on the College of Southern Maine. 

In keeping with the Related Press, the extremely aggressive senatorial race in Maine made historical past for being the primary ranked-choice senate election. Maine voted ranked-choice for the presidential election as effectively this yr. The consequence was Susan Collins beating Sara Gideon with 51.1% of the votes in comparison with Gideon’s 42.2%. Independents Lisa Savage and Max Linn did acquire some traction within the race with Savage amassing 5% of the vote.

Maine and Nebraska are the one states within the nation that inside their state constitutions permit for the splitting of electoral votes. Within the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden took three of Maine’s 4 electoral votes and 52.9% of the votes. Donald Trump acquired the remaining one electoral vote and 44.2% of the votes. In the end, Biden was decided, President-elect.

Via the happiness and pleasure of elections, you will need to be educated on a number of the darkish points that may come up.

Cami Gibson, a senior theatre main with a dance minor, confided about her struggles with voting saying, “It was very onerous for me to vote as a first-time voter, I acquired denied to vote twice and needed to name the voter hotline to have the ability to vote. I had been making an attempt to vote for 2 hours and eventually was capable of. Which is why I imagine younger voters get burdened to vote as a result of it’s individuals within the older generations working the poles. My recommendation could be, don’t be afraid and no means take no for a solution.”

Voter suppression is actual and it’s accountable to know your rights as a voter. The state of Maine permits for same-day voter registration, which means you possibly can stroll into your polling location and register to vote on election day. To register you should present an ID and proof of residency. Often, a license or state ID and a bit of mail suffice. Maine has absentee voting and mail-in voting. At eight pm, Maine closes its polls, but when a citizen was in line at the moment they legally can’t be denied the best to vote.

First-year political science main, Sabrina Calas shared that there’s a “pervasive cynicism in direction of public participation in those that disavow the American authorities. I sympathize with this attitude, as as to if or not a authorities deeply embedded inside the oppressive framework it was conceived from can really incite radical change, is a posh query that even essentially the most lauded students fail to reply. But I’d urge the general public, particularly these youthful eligible voters, to not utterly repudiate the American political system.”

Understanding how the federal government works, as Calas said, is a crucial a part of being educated with a view to make knowledgeable selections when voting.

For a lot of college students at USM, this was the primary election they voted in, and felt like their vote really made a distinction. This sentiment is echoed younger and first-time voters who’re realizing the significance of voting and staying knowledgeable. For extra info on voting rights and legal guidelines in Maine, go to https://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/voter-info/proper.html.

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