By Dan Howlin
With the presidential election only eight months away, many college students are preparing for to vote for the first time.
When discussing the elections, one of the most important issues for anyone is whether or not to vote. Younger people often think that their vote won’t make much of a difference. “A few years ago, I didn’t think voting was too important” student Justin Harrison said. Harrison then added “Now that I’ve gotten older and can actually vote, I realize that it’s important, by going out and voting we’re showing support for the candidate.”
Another issue that many young people face is who to vote for. “I believe it’s important for everyone, especially people our age to watch the debates” said student Ben Nelson. As voters, the most important thing we can do is stay informed, no matter what party you align yourself with being informed and staying in the know is essential in picking the right candidate. “The more information we have, the better” said Nelson, “Staying informed on all the candidates is the best way to make sure we vote for the right person” he added.
When it comes to voting for president, most people automatically think of the general election in November, totally disregarding the state primaries. The primaries are a lot more important than people think. If support for a candidate isn’t shown early on in the election process, the most suited candidate may not even have the chance to receive the nomination when the time comes.
A lot of people also think that if the candidate they voted for doesn’t win, then it was a waste of a vote when in fact, it’s the exact opposite. Whether the candidate you vote for wins or not, by voting, you are voicing your opinion. If everyone had the mindset that voting doesn’t matter, nothing would ever be accomplished. “Even if your candidate doesn’t win, it’s still good to vote” said student Austin Scott. “Whether they win or not, showing support and voting for your candidate may have a positive impact down the road” added Scott. By voting, your opinion is heard no matter who wins.
As the election looms, there are a few things everyone should know before the time comes. As stated by many students, knowing the candidates is one of the most important parts of the elections. All former debates can be found on YouTube. In the Republican Party, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Ben Carson are the remaining candidates. On the less crowded democratic side, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are the two candidates still standing. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the current leaders for their respective parties. The New York State primaries take place on Tuesday, April 19. By voting in the primaries, voters help decide who the candidate for each party will be. For the general election to determine our next president, Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 8.