Originally written November 8
Students across many college campuses in the Chicago area headed to cast their ballots Tuesday as the race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump wrapped up on the last day of their highly controversial campaigns. (Nice summary lede!)
Many young voters at Chicago area colleges seemed to overwhelmingly support Hillary for President with only one Trump supporter and one undecided responding just hours before polls closed.
“DePaul’s very liberal, and we do live in a blue state, so it makes sense that Hillary would be the candidate of choice,” said DePaul University sophomore Tim Stebbins,19.
A recent nationwide survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics shows Clinton was supported by 49 percent of likely voters ages 18 to 29, with Trump trailing at 21 percent.
“It’s a super critical and important election and especially for millennials because as a millennial a lot of people complain that things happen because either we do something extreme or don’t do something at all. So we need to get our voice heard and this was a great way to do it,” said Northwestern University sophomore Nicole Bankowski,19.
Many students said their decision to stand with Clinton was easy considering all the years she has spent in public service.
“She’s absolutely the most qualified candidate we’ve had in probably the last 5o years running for president, you know, as secretary of state, as first lady, as a senator. She’s done so much for this country, and she’s proven herself over and over; and no matter what, she’ll keep working for us,” said NU sophomore Allyna Mota Melville,19.
It’s not just Clinton’s resume, but the executive power she would possess allowing her to appoint the next Supreme Court justice that had young voters voting democratic.
“This election I voted along the lines of social issues a lot, like women’s rights, like abortion, parental leave, equal pay; and it makes me really nervous that having a Republican candidate could decide two judges because he would have the majority of the Supreme Court and it would be a really easy way to overturn Roe versus Wade. I think that’s pretty detrimental to Women’s rights… I mean whoever’s on the supreme court they will outlast any of the two candidates so we have to make sure that it’s the right people,” said University of Chicago Graduate student Mala Pera,27.
However, not all the respondents felt as strongly about Clinton. One University of Chicago Graduate student decided that he will write in a candidate for the first time ever.
“For my own personal ability to sleep at night, I can’t vote for a candidate that has no integrity, and neither of them have any, so I’m going to have to write in a candidate… I don’t know who just yet but later, when I go to my church to vote, we will see,” said Lance Larsren,30.