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MN seniors’ thoughts on midterm elections

Nathan Reed, Staff Writer

It’s been another two years and it’s time to start voting again. On Nov. 6, voters will head to the polls to vote in the mid-term elections.

Seniors who are 18 years or older are now given a chance to start voting for the first time in their lives. Students who are not old enough or not voting for the midterm election can still learn from it.

“It helps determine who the Senate is, and who the House of Representatives are ,and that’s one-third of the resident government. They set policies and laws so it’s important for students to understand that this is part of a democratic process; this is how we maintain power and control in our government,” social studies department head David Diehl said.

Only three weeks remain until the votes go in. Students like Haidyn Sosalla-Bahr and Will Hyland are now old enough to vote for the midterm elections.

“As young people, we’re going to be inheriting the country soon, which is happening pretty much right now, so I think that it’s really important that we make a positive change. That change isn’t going to happen if none of us are voting,” Sosalla-Bahr said.

Republican Don Bacon and Democrat Kara Eastman are both running in Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. Bacon plans on promoting free trade in Nebraska, which benefits farmers. Eastman is focusing on fair trade and protection for workers.

Sosalla-Bahr will vote for  Eastman. Students like Sosalla-Bahr would help support health care in Nebraska if the Democrat side wins.

“I want to support Kara Eastman because her policies on education and Medicaid and Medicare are really important to our community in Omaha, Nebraska,” Sosalla-Bahr said.

Hyland is planning on voting for  Bacon. Students like Hyland would impact families with their votes if the Republican side wins.

“Bacon is reaching out to class families such as my family, and he’s speaking directly to them. I feel as if he’s on a personal level with most families he’s spoken to,” Hyland said.

Voting helps people get what they want and it shows the government what their people need.

“Participation is the one reason our country runs. You saw a lot of people upset with the way that the election turned out in 2016 since they said that not enough people took part in the votes. This time we’ll try to go for a full participation from now on,” Hyland said.

Voters usually stick to whatever political party they join, but other people instead vote for what they think is best for them.

“I think that we can learn that it’s important to actually understand the policies of who you’re voting for and not just see that they’re a Democrat and they’re a Republican,” Sosalla-Bahr said. “I think this election will be more involved in actually understanding the policies of who you’re voting for.”