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Why do you think it is important to vote?
“I think it’s incredibly important to vote. The rights of people are at stake every single election, and nothing is guaranteed. The only way to ensure you make a difference is to use your voice and cast your ballot. If you want to see change, you have to do the work, you can’t depend on everyone else! I want to do my part in helping shape the country. I am very passionate about protecting the rights of those I care about, including my friends who are POC, LGBT, women, etc. I used my vote in the way I thought would best protect them and help them thrive.”
Did you do any prior research about the candidates?
“I did a LOT of research before voting. It’s very important to be informed. If you don’t know what you’re supporting, your vote counts, but it’s meaningless. I had to ensure that I was supporting the right person and the right causes, and I voted for the person who represented ideas I thought were important.”
What was the voting experience like this year?
“This year was my first time voting, so I was really excited. But in all, it took no more than 20 minutes. I voted early because I didn’t want to be in a crowded space for super long. I waited in a line that was spaced out until it was my turn, filled out my ballot, and that was that.”