The election is right around the corner. While some are ready for a change in the oval office, maybe we should consider changing something else about our election process, the electoral college.
It has been nearly 16 years ago since the last time the electoral college did not represent the popular vote in an election. It has happened three times before that as well. But do students think a candidate should be able to lose the popular vote and still win the election?
Social media use is at an all-time high and with the millennial generation. With the upcoming election it is being used as a main source of information. How big of an effect does social media have on the younger generation?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are considered two of the most controversial presidential candidates to date. Their unique political campaigns have been constantly dissected throughout the 2016 presidential election. Clinton has made history for being the first female Democratic nominee for president, while simultaneously being investigated by the FBI. Trump has made headlines for his extreme behavior, strong personality and what some consider an overly offensive conduct. When it comes to the political opinions of MSU young women, they vary greatly.
With the election coming to a close on Nov. 8, not only will the nation choose the new president, but the new commander-in-chief as well. Donald Trump has made some clear numerical statements as to what his plans will be as the leader of the armed forces, while Hillary Clinton has made some more qualitative statements. Trump has stated that he will increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active personnel from roughly 473,000. This surge of troops will restore the Army’s size to a level similar to its size back in 2008, the year directly following an armed forces “surge” in Iraq.
Per a USA Today poll, Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead over Donald Trump among millennial voters. So…when I asked people around Michigan State University…who they were voting for, the results were predictable. While the students I talked to knew who they were voting for, they weren’t as sure why they’re voting for Hillary Clinton. When asked what specific topics or policies are making them vote for Hillary, phrases like “I think” or “I feel” were common among millennial voters. But when I asked them why they weren’t excited to vote for Hillary…then they had answers.
Demitria Powell, a senior majoring in human development and family studies at Michigan State University, knows the Electoral College has power. Unfortunately, she doesn’t quite know how much. “I think the Electoral College has the last say-so; however, I don’t think their say-so trumps everyone else’s,” Powell said. “They have to take into consideration the people’s view of who they want in power… On a smaller scale, states only think about themselves, but the Electoral College is more global when it comes to political power. That’s what I think they do.”
Powell, like many Americans, doesn’t quite have the full story on how the Electoral College works.
Young people can make up a large percentage of votes in the presidential election, but they aren’t. Campaigns that rely on millennial votes usually fail, according to an MSU political science professor. Take Bernie Sanders for example. He appealed to the millennial generation with his college debt reduction plan, but fell out of the race. The Washington Post says it is because young people do not show up to the polls.
The issue of student debt was brought front and center during the third and final presidential debate this Wednesday, striking a chord with many of the students who watched the event at a viewing party in Wells Hall.
During the debate, Secretary Clinton reinforced that she, if elected president, would work to pass a bill that would allow “families with income up to $125,000 [to] pay no tuition at in-state four-year public colleges and universities.”
Trump has stated he would work with lawmakers to reduce tuition, specifics of such a plan have yet to be unveiled. Students voiced their fears and frustrations toward student debt, with many fearing that their debt would hold them down later in life. “I’m just trying to pay for college… I’m in like 10,000 worth of debt right now and I’m only – I’m not even halfway through school,” Hannah Dunstan, an art education sophomore, said.
Oct. 19 was the final debate for presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and the MSU Debate team held a party in Wells Hall to watch it. The watch party was complete with Snapchat filters, posters and an appetite for the debate. During the debate there were the usual laughs, gasps and a short dialogue afterward.