This is ingenious_forest, and this is my final piece:
Name: Hannah Freeman
What matters to you in the upcoming election?:
I hope that American healthcare takes one of the priorities for the two candidates, as the healthcare in the States at the moment isn't great; dentists do not have good salaries, and the equipment that we use is very cheap.
How many electoral votes is the state you live in worth?:
Ohio is worth 15 votes.
How does your state usually vote?:
Ohio generally votes as a swing state.
Who do you plan to vote for:
Could you be President yourself one day?
Power points! How powerful do you feel your vote is? Put an X on the scale:
Not powerful Very Powerful
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Hannah Freeman, I am 37 years old, and I work as a dentist for Signature Smiles Dental Clinic (if you want to have your teeth checked, our clinic is on 172nd East street Cleveland!) In this election, I would really like some recognition to be given to American healthcare workers, as we do not have great salaries, and the equipment we use is very cheap. This annoys me as even before the pandemic, we were not supplied with the correct equipment, and we're having to turn patients away as we could not handle them, because of the lack of specialist tools.
How do you feel about tomorrow’s election?
I feel a little nervous, as I am not sure of how I am going to vote yet. I am thinking of voting at the City Court, but there may be too many people there, and this worries me a bit, because I do not want to contract the coronavirus, and accidentally pass it on to one of my patients.
I also feel quite happy that after months of build-up and breakdown, the election is finally here, and we don't have to worry about who is going to be President anymore.
How powerful do you think your vote is?
If I am being completely honest, I would say that my vote is probably quite a powerful vote. In Ohio, we are generally a swing state for most elections, and if it is my one vote, that swings the whole election, then quite obviously, it is a powerful vote!
I also say that my vote is important, and could swing the balance towards Biden because the American healthcare industry does not like the way Trump has been downgrading what healthcare sectors have done before this pandemic came along.
Why should people vote tomorrow?
I think people should vote tomorrow because of three things:
Firstly, as I said previously, their vote could sway the balance one way or another.
Secondly, if you don't vote, and the person you did not want to win does, then how are you going to feel? You are probably going to regret what you did, and wish you voted. All votes count and don't forget that.
Finally, you should really vote if you live in a swing state especially. I say this because, in swing states, there is usually only a 1-2% margin between Democratic and Republican voters. I know that there is quite a high possibility that there will be a completely 50-50 vote, and this could annoy some people, but again I say; your one vote could swing the balance one way or another.
Can you explain why some people might not vote?
Um, yeah, I'll have a go!
Obviously, I cannot see inside peoples minds, but I reckon that anybody who decides not to vote does that because either they feel their vote will be wasted, as the person they want to win loses, or that they do not support either of the candidates running to be President.
I also think that people who do not vote think that the state they live in does not have a chance of winning with the candidate they support, and so they, again, think their vote will be wasted.
What about the presidency? Would you ever run for president? Why?
If the chance was available, I think that I could run for President; I don't know how many votes I'd get, as I do not know about politics or the law, but I think I would probably have some good policies...
If the option was available, I would take it, but it will probably never pop-up, and I really like my job as a dentist for now.
I think being president might be quite a big step up!
How do you feel about the voting system in America?
I feel that the American voting system at the moment is pretty fair and democratic. I have heard a lot of rumours that the Russians are going to dabble in this election like they supposedly did back in 2016.
I am not an expert, but I am pretty sure that I can confirm these rumours are not true, the Russian government have got too much on their hands at the moment, what with the pandemic and everything.
The voting system is also a little bit complicated because it over-complicates the ways to vote, and the voting cards etc.
The government probably should change this, as it seems to me that people have been talking about this, and they may be throwing away their votes because they don't understand the voting system.
Thanks for talking to us Hannah, could you tell us anything more about how you think this election will go in general?
Yes of course.
I think this election will have a big difference to the 2016 election, partly because of the pandemic, changing how everything will work.
Partly because of the candidates, and their attitudes, and their stereotypes.
I also think that the election will have a lot of people annoyed at the outcome because it will be quite tight compared to the election results in 2016, with Donald Trump taking nearly 60% of the votes over Hillary Clinton. I reckon that there will likely have to be a recount because the votes will be so close; possibly even exactly 50-50!
Thanks Hannah, have a good day.
You're welcome, thank you for chatting with me!
Thank you for reading my final post, as it was pretty long. I have really enjoyed this topic, and I cannot wait to hear the results of the election in a few weeks!