Youth-Influenced Midterm Election – Coyote Student News at the College of Southern Nevada
By Fatima Marzett
Youth voting rose in the midterm elections, favoring the Democrats.
According to Tufts University’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, youth turnout was the second highest in three decades at 27% of people of voting age.
Noted in the same report, “According to Edison Research’s National Electoral Pool Exit Poll, the national youth voting choice for the United States House of Representatives was 63% for Democrats and 35% for republicans. It’s almost identical to 2020.”
Diana Robinson, a student at the College of Southern Nevada, said: ‘The reason I voted Democrat is because I’m leaning more towards women’s rights and I don’t understand why Republicans are trying to change the law. ‘abortion. Women have the right to choose. As a woman, I don’t feel comfortable with others making my decisions about health care and my future. I fear what else might be changed to in the future.
Additionally, Robinson added, the Democratic Party is fighting for the cancellation of student loans through an executive order from President Joseph Biden. “I hope student loan forgiveness resumes because I hope some of my student loans can be forgiven.” She worries about gas prices, inflation and a recession. She thinks Democrats can best help address these issues.
The Democrats won a few important seats.
Catherine Cortez Masto said in her victory speech to the US Senate in Las Vegas, “I will protect the health care of millions of Americans. I’m ready for tougher fights like this, so when the Republicans try to force a federal ban on abortion, I’m going to stop them. Cortez Masto won the race against Adam Laxalt.
Steven Horsford has regained his place in Congress.
Another heated race was the seat of the US Congress which went to Dina Titus with more than 52% of the vote passing Mark Robertson. Titus will make the defense of trade union rights one of his priorities.
Some Republican leaders are coming.
Steve Sisolak lost the governorship to Joe Lombardo. From policing to politics, Lombardo will pursue a GOP agenda.
Other CSN students voted in this midterm election. Some saw their candidates as cowards.
Deven Lafleur, student at CSN, said: “Yeah. I voted for Steve Sisolak; I was not a fan of Joe Lombardo. For the Senate, I voted for Catherine Cortez Masto.
CSN student Noah Bakke said: “I voted for Steve Sisolak. I like his ideas and his convictions which will greatly benefit the public. He fights for free college, and I think free college really benefits me and other students. It’s a struggle trying to do homework while working part-time.
CSN student Dayanara Brown voted for Laxalt because she didn’t like how Sisolak shut everything down during the pandemic and didn’t roll out stimulus checks for the people. “I feel more connected to Laxalt because he went to school here in Nevada because that’s his hometown. I think he’s going to represent us better because he knows from personal experience what needs to change and improve.
“Young people, aged 18-29, went to the polls in the 2022 midterm elections and helped decide critical races, wielding the growing power of an increasingly engaged generation even as many remain disillusioned about American politics,” as noted in the Tufts’ report.