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Engaged Voters: Survey reveals most OSU students registered to vote

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Stillwater residents line up at the Stillwater Community Center to vote on the first day of early voting in Oklahoma on October 29, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Eighty percent of respondents to a survey conducted by multimedia journalism students at OSU are registered to vote. Eighty-eight percent of them will be voting in the 2020 presidential election.

Voting gives a voice to the American people. But voter disinterest is a common issue in American elections. In the 2016 presidential election, only 58.6% of eligible voters cast a ballot, according to Penn State University.

Eighty percent of participants in a poll conducted by MMJ majors at OSU said they were registered to vote and 70% said they were planning on voting in the upcoming presidential election. According to the poll, 37% of voters will be voting for Biden, 43% will vote for Trump, and the remaining 20% are either undecided, or are voting 3rd party.

 

This election cycle has been particularly contentious, as both sides claim the other will bring about the downfall of America. Nearly everyone has an opinion about the president, but that isn’t always enough to drive voters to polling places.

For Emily Singleton, the options for president are not good. She said Biden is too weak on most of her voting issues, and she doesn’t agree with Trump at all. Singleton said she will be voting on Nov. 3, but intends to leave the presidential ballot blank.

“It doesn’t make much of a difference in Oklahoma,” she said. “Even if I was in Texas, I’d vote since they’ve been seeing a blue wave. But here, it’s going to go to Trump no matter what.”

Singleton said she believes by voting in the other elections, but not voting for a presidential candidate, she is using her voice.

She said there is no way she will vote for Trump, but Biden can secure her vote by firming up his education plan. She says she believes that all the other issues will follow if America can fix its education system.

For some voters though, voting is a given. Jordyn Walls said she believes that those who don’t vote are doomed to live with other people’s decisions.

“Voting is important in every single election is important,” she said. “Even the local offices can make a big change on a system.”

Walls says she will be voting for Biden, because she “doesn’t want to finish college, and live in the adult world” under another term of Trump’s Presidency.