This year's election is one of historical value in an unprecedented year where the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we go about our lives. For many students here at Illinois State University, it is their first presidential election and for some, this is their first election ever.
“As a first-time voter I am deciding to vote because I want to express my right to do so and fulfill my role in allowing for change and the promise of democracy,” Jackson Evans, a freshman at Illinois State said.
Students are taking this time to be the voice for change. In an election that is as important as ever, it is up to students to get out and vote. “This election being the first one that I can vote in is important considering everything that is going on, so many issues and struggles going on in this country, and with my ability to vote allows me to voice my opinion and make change in the way I see necessary,” Evans said.
“As a first-time voter it’s important to me to have elected officials who represent my beliefs and I understand that you need to vote in order to make that happen,” Carson Bounds, another freshman, said.
Many of the students have similar concerns about this upcoming election. With there being a pandemic going on, it makes it difficult for many to go to polls on Election Day, so there have been a lot more mail-in ballots this year. “There needs to be safety precautions in place with a global pandemic, as well as security of ballots and mailed-in votes,” Evans said.
“I have concerns about the wrong officials winning and losing. The country has a lot to lose depending on how the election goes,” Bounds said.
This year, there have been many different options to make sure everyone can get out and vote. With there being early voting along with mail-in ballots, many students have gotten out and decided to vote early. Others prefer the more traditional way of going to the polls and voting on Election Day.
“I plan to vote in person on Election Day,” Bounds said.
This year is an important year and students know that they play a big part in advocating for change, to have a voice and put their vote out there.
This is an important day in American history, and students at Illinois State are voting to help make the change they want.