Jared Almira | firstname.lastname@example.org | November 7, 2018
The biennial Midterm elections happened again this November, and tensions ran high while the Republicans and Democrats fought hard for seats in Congress. This year a few lucky d.tech students get to vote in the Midterms, an exciting time not only for d.tech, but for the entire country.
Although most people at d.tech are not old enough to vote, teachers and the students that did reach the voting age were able to go make their voices heard. Others, however, were not able to have such an opportunity due to barriers such as citizenship.
d.tech’s Fannie Hsieh voted this year by mail-in ballot. When asked about why she voted this year, she said, “It is one of your civic duties as an American citizen to vote. If I want to voice what I want to say, then I’d rather go out there and vote.”
Hsieh said that it is best to do your research about the propositions and not just blindly vote. There were a lot of ads that were targeting her and that were targeting everyone in Riverside County (where she sent in her midterm vote). An interesting piece of information was the fact that every county had a different set of propositions.
“Riverside County was more focused on the environment and I was already interested and invested in it,” said Hsieh. “It was also my first time voting in the midterms. I feel as if I wanted my voice to be heard in this one.”
Student Operations Director Melissa Mizel was also passionate about voting in this year’s election: “I voted this year because it’s a really important election and [I] want to donate my voice to the democratic society,” said Mizel.
Mizel had a different mindset, which was more humane than political. To clarify, she wants to live in a world where humans can come together as people and not be in categorized into groups like political parties. “I want to start a trend that would end in divisiveness. That we could be humans coming together and not just be Republicans and Democrats. I want politicians that can set that standard and that care about the people and not just issues,” said Mizel.
d.tech senior Destin Silver, 18 years old, took a day off from school to vote in San Francisco this past election. He was more focused on transgender rights and gun issues, but unfortunately neither of those topics were on the ballot.
Silver describes his first voting experience as confusing, a little worrying. “I got kinda nervous, actually, and forgot my middle name on my envelope,” said Silver. He add that he was confused at first because he wasn’t 100 percent sure if he signed up to vote by mail.
Although some students were able to vote, others were not allowed to even though they were of legal age, such as senior Vlad Morozov. “It makes me upset that I couldn’t vote, but it was safe that I didn’t [vote] because I am not a U.S. citizen,” Morozov said. “If I were to vote, the main thing I could think of is to vote for [D] Gavin Newsom [for California governor]. I would also vote for Prop C because we need to help out the homelessness issue.” (Prop C was a city measure in San Francisco where the most profitable companies would be taxed to pay for homeless services. It passed.)
Given what’s happening in our country right now, it’s important to stay updated about current issues, and keep informed on everything going on around you. And for those who do have the opportunity, it is important to make your voice heard.