Students unsure about election

By Jager Dzurcanin and Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporters

Many Highline students appear to be ignorant and/or uninterested in the upcoming election.

Ballots are going in the mail this week, with a deadline of Nov. 6.

While many students are al- ready registered to vote, others are still under the legal age.

"I would probably vote Democrat, it depends. If I knew more about who the people were, it'd help a lot," Highline student Makena Halen said.

Halen is 17 years old, so she can't register to vote just yet.

And some students can't vote because they're not Washington residents.

"I'm not registered, and I'm not a resident here," said one student.

Out of the students who are registered to vote, the majori- ty said that they are planning on voting in the midterms, al- though a few are choosing not to.

"I don't care much for local politics," said 22-year-old Evan Cross, in regards to the mid- terms.

"[I] only registered because the people forced [me] into it," said student Kaela Nokes.

Several students said they are unsure of which party they are more likely to vote for.

"I still haven't done my re- search, so it depends on the can- didate," said another student.

And while the majority of students who do subscribe to a party are Democratic, there are still many voting Republican.

"I follow my family, who votes for Republicans," said one 24-year-old student, who is still undecided on whether she will participate in the midterms.

Some students also said that they will vote whichever way their parents, or their families, vote.

Ben Rohleder said, "If I was given the chance to vote I think I would vote for someone named Maria, because that's who my family keeps saying they are voting for."

One Highline student said "both my parents are Demo- crats. I haven't developed my own values yet."

Many students seemed hesitant to admit a partisan leaning, but those who subscribed to a specific party readily talked about why they're voting which- ever way they're voting.

Students who reported them- selves as Democratic-leaning

were overall more excited about the upcoming midterms than the students who identified as Republican.

Very few of both Republican and Democratic registered voters said that they would not be voting in the upcoming elections.

The majority of registered voters at Highline said that they would be participating in the local elections, and that these elections were important.

"I see women's reproductive rights going back like 50 years," said one 41-year-old student, when explaining why she planned to vote "blue all the way down."

She went on to say her reasoning for this is that she "is a mother of five daughters," and cannot stand by as women are being told what to do with their bodies.

None of the students asked could give any specific examples of candidates or issues that will be on the upcoming ballot.

Several students reported that the ballot will include a vote on Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court, though this is untrue.

Staff reporter Mila Hector contributed to this story.

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