Election 2020

Hope alone isn’t enough
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Hope alone isn’t enough

by Jake Aferiat John Birkner really liked his chances. A former three-term mayor of a suburban New Jersey town, Birkner ran as a Democrat for a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly for the 39th District in 2019, seeking to flip a seat which hadn’t been represented by a Democrat since 1981. Still, that…

Proud to vote
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Proud to vote

by Erin Hogge Coronavirus concerns should not take priority over one’s civic duty Like countless young people in America, I will vote in my first-ever presidential election this November. But with COVID-19, I do not know what the next few months will hold. Certainly, more people will become infected and others will die from the…

Excited about voting in November? Not everyone is.
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Excited about voting in November? Not everyone is.

by Maddie Aiken Some Americans consider voting to be a duty.  Brad McGowan, however, describes it as a “futility.”  At age 39, McGowan, a leadership development consultant for the American Automobile Association, has never voted and never plans to. The Colorado Springs resident said he feels it’s a “waste of time” to go through the…

Why Not To Vote
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Why Not To Vote

by Megan Swift According to the Pew Research Center, only 55.7% of Americans voted in the last presidential election. That means that almost half of the eligible voting population didn’t show up to the polls or mail in their ballots in 2016. What’s their reason for not voting?  As it turns out, there are many….

Not Worth Their Effort
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Not Worth Their Effort

With Biden as the nominee, these 3 voters will stay home by Alexandra Ramos When it comes to the 2020 presidential election, many Americans will be driving to the polls to place their votes for whom they feel will do the best job leading the country. But for some, disappointed that Joe Biden is the…

New Voters
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New Voters

First-time voters reflect on why they will vote in November and what will shape their decisions. Mallory Rosetta, 20, of Lubbock, Texas, is a registered Democrat and studies advertising and media strategies at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She plans to vote for Joe Biden in the November election, something she said is unfortunate,…

Down the Middle
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Down the Middle

Bergen County voters have been willing to vote for both Democrats and Republicans in both presidential and gubernatorial elections over the past 40 years. by Jake Aferiat Karen Kosch was born and raised in northern New Jersey, taught in northern New Jersey and still resides in northern New Jersey. So it makes sense that the…

Five Straight and Counting
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Five Straight and Counting

In 2016, Westmoreland County and Pennsylvania finally got on the same page by Megan Swift Until Republican Donald Trump came along four years ago, Pennsylvania voters as a whole were going in an opposite direction from the way its citizens in Westmoreland County were casting their ballots for president. The 2016 election marked the fifth…

A View From Inside the Beltway
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A View From Inside the Beltway

by Jake Aferiat 3.25.2020 Robert Cline enjoyed a roughly 41-year in the federal government, getting his start as federal bank examiner in 1973 in the Richard Nixon administration before retiring as a Treasury Department employee in 2014. A lifelong Republican and resident of Washington, D.C. since the 1970s, Cline performed audits on many different financial…

A Proud and Happy Republican
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A Proud and Happy Republican

by Maddie Aiken 3.24.2020 The 2016 presidential election was the most surprising for lifelong Republican Howard Hill — and it was also the election he was the proudest to vote in. Hill, who grew up in Arnold, Pennsylvania, is a retired technical sales engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. The registered Republican resides in…

Voting in person
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Voting in person

Voters were required to cast ballots in person today at the Grand Chute Town Hall proceeds after Gov. Tony Evers’ attempt to postpone the election was blocked by the Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. With only two polling places open in Grand Chute, the Town Hall saw a regular stream of people coming in and out, only…

From Blue to Red
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From Blue to Red

by Megan Swift Dr. Eric Swift, 49, grew up in a blue-collar Democratic family. He went to nine different schools, moved around a dozen times and lived in four states, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Texas, growing up. His political colors changed after hearing the wife of a politician speak on “why she was conservative” during…

Frank Gilliam: A Vietnam Era Voter
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Frank Gilliam: A Vietnam Era Voter

by Erin Hogge 4.1.2020 Frank Hines Gilliam is a 79-year-old Vietnam War veteran who hails from Hinsdale, Montana, where he grew up working on his family’s ranch. He graduated at the top of his high school class of 10 and later studied at Montana State University. A registered Republican, he typically votes for the Republican…