Editor’s Note: High voter turnout Nov. 6 needed to restore political integrity

By Ariana Portalatin, Editor-in-Chief

Recent events throughout the nation highlight the importance of voicing your ideals Nov. 6. The number of horrific incidents reported within the past few weeks alone—including those involving racism, prejudice and overall injustice, likely influenced by the Trump administration—prove the need to be an active voter in more than just the presidential elections.

Fifteen explosive devices were mailed to numerous political figures and CNN’s New York offices, leading to the arrest of 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc, seemingly in support of the Trump administration.

The week of Oct. 29 was filled with funerals and memorial services for the 11 victims murdered during a shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh Oct. 27, a horrific event considered the worst attack on worshipping Jews in U.S. history by the American Jewish Archives. In the midst of families mourning the tragic deaths of their loved ones, Trump stated an armed guard could have stopped the attack.

Trump and other political figures have continued their attacks on immigrants. In a Nov. 1 speech delivered from the White House, Trump said members of the U.S. military sent to the Southern border would “fight back” against an incoming migrant caravan, possibly with guns, and announced his administration would make changes to the country’s asylum practices.

He also vowed to end birthright citizenship protected by the 14th Amendment with an executive order, stirring controversy on whether a president should be able to so easily overturn a constitutional amendment.

The amount of divide throughout the country due to political conflicts between Democrats and Republicans is upsetting but can be resolved with the help of voters. Congress is currently controlled by Trump’s Republican Party, but the upcoming election can restore the balance that is needed and even put Democrats back in power.

According to the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization, the president and Republican party are not expected to do well during this election due to Trump’s increasing unpopularity. The nonprofit’s website also states Democrats are expected to do well, and multiple polls show support for a Democrat-controlled Congress.

If Democrats win control back, it could mean more oversight of the Trump administration, which makes it likely the president will have a difficult time passing legislation inspired by racist and unfair rhetoric. Young people especially could be the deciding factor in the country’s future.

A poll released Oct. 29 by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government found 40 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds are sure they will vote Nov. 6, a separation from past voter turnout among youth.

According to an Oct. 30 Time magazine article, voter turnout is particularly low for midterm elections compared to presidential elections. The poll found that 54 percent of young Democrats and 43 percent of young Republicans indicated they were likely to vote, but 66 percent of poll respondents support Democratic control of Congress.

These optimistic poll results suggest young people will take matters into their own hands Nov. 6, and in other future elections, to stop controversial practices by an administration that negatively impacts the progress made to make this country safer and more accepting for minorities, the LGBTQ community and other underprivileged people.

By voting Nov. 6, you can ensure the government supports your values.