Electing to stay informed

In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, students prepare to learn as much accurate information about the election process and the candidates

Richard Daley- Sports Editor

   As the 2020 presidential election approaches, students search for information regarding the election process, important issues, and the candidates. The Democrats plan to hold 12 debates including a wide range of candidates, with the fifth on 11/20, to see who poses the best threat to defeat incumbent President Donald Trump in the general election.

   “I definitely think that the amount of people running shows how largely the Democratic Party is in opposition of Donald Trump. I think that his election sort of started a fire for people to believe that they could be the president. A lot of people who you don’t see in politics like Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer who aren’t already involved in government are throwing their names in because they think that they could do something because of their displeasure with Donald Trump and his election,” Amber Seaberg (‘20) said.

   In recent years, online information became a crucial aspect of politics. However, the use of one sided sources and false news sites leads people to create political biases, so it is important to check sources before forming an opinion.

   “Your sources impact your beliefs, so if you want to stay as unbiased as possible make sure you are reading unbiased sources. You can’t be unbiased if you only listen to CNN or Fox News. Diversify a bit, find neutral reporters like the Economist or Wall Street Journal,” Nicholas Fernandez (‘20) said.

   Forming an opinion about candidates can be difficult for students interested in the election. It is important to know about the candidates’ platforms, or the aims and goals of that individual.

   “Obviously students can check out the different candidates’ websites. Maybe the best thing I’ve seen on the Democratic candidates is The New York Times asked the same 18 questions to 21 different Democratic candidates and they videoed their responses. If you really want to know the difference between the Democratic candidates and how they at least appear on camera, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen,” Mr. John Scott (FAC) said.

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    The presidential election offers students the chance to learn more about the democratic process that the United States is renowned for and also gives them the chance to understand how other citizens in this country feel. Overall, it is best that people interested in the election are informed and try to prevent bias as much as possible.