Name: Charlotte Rosewood
What matters to you in the upcoming election: healthcare and education
How many electoral votes is the state you live in worth: 15
How does your state usually vote: swing state
Who do you plan to vote for: Joe Biden
Could you be president yourself one day: No
How powerful do you feel your vote is:
NOT Powerful---------x---------------------VERY Powerful
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
Hello, my name is Charlotte Rosewood. I am 27 years old and I work as a nurse in a small hospital. What matters to me the most in the upcoming election is healthcare and education. The state I live in is Georgia which is worth 16 electoral votes and is a swing state. I plan on voting for Joe Biden in the upcoming election. This is because he plans on investing money to help improve healthcare in the country. This is very important to me, not just because I am a nurse, but also because Georgia has very bad healthcare, especially compared to the other states. This worries me as I want everyone to have access to the best healthcare possible. However, Trump is not planning on putting any money towards improving healthcare. Joe Biden is also planning on using money to try and make universities free, or considerably less expensive for students who cannot afford to pay all the money. I didn't have a lot of money when I was younger, and I had to work at the weekends just so that I could afford to go to university. If I hadn't I wouldn't have been able to train to work as a nurse and be where I am today. I do not want this to happen to other people whose dreams are forgotten because they don't have as much money as others.
How do you feel about tomorrow's election?
I feel more excited than I thought I would, as along with millions of others, I have the power to change how our country is run, and help make big decisions for my country. So many different outcomes can come from the results of the election. Promises made in campaigns may be fulfilled and America can become a better place to live in with a good president.
Why should people vote tomorrow?
I think that people should vote tomorrow because they have the power to change lives and change our country and even change our freedom. Together we can vote for what we think is right for our country, and vote for equal policies and change things to make America a better place.
How powerful do you think your vote is?
I think that my vote is quite powerful as I live in a swing state so my vote could be making the difference between who wins all of Georgia's electoral votes. As unlikely as this seems, just thinking it does make my vote seem more powerful to me, and I feel that it could be a possibility. However, my vote really isn't that powerful if you think about the millions of other people who have the power to vote. Compared to that my one tiny little vote can feel like nothing, but I think that my vote can make a difference, and so, to me, it is quite powerful.
Can you explain why some people might not vote?
There are various reasons why some people might not vote. Firstly, people who are underage simply cannot vote, and can only support their chosen candidate. Also, people who live in safe states like Texas who don't want to vote Republican will feel as though their vote isn't powerful at all as their one little vote will not change how the rest of the state votes, basically meaning they feel that their vote is powerless. However, some people do not vote just because they are uninterested in politics and do not care about the election results, or if they find everything a bit confusing and so decide not to vote. I do not think that this is okay as they should at least try to vote for whoever's ideas they agree with and feel concerned about the most.
What about the presidency. Would you ever run for president? Why?
I don't think that I would ever run for president for many different reasons. Firstly, I don't earn that much money as a nurse, and to be president you need to be very wealthy to run campaigns and rallies just to be noticed. I am also not a very powerful person, nor am I very popular, and this is an important factor when running for president. I also don't have very good ideas for policies and ways to improve the country. I do have a few things that I am very passionate about, but that isn't enough to run the country. I am also not that interested in politics, to be honest, and I wouldn't have a clue what I was doing!
How do you feel about the voting system in America?
I think that the electoral-college is unfair. The way that the electoral votes work annoys me because if the candidate wins the majority of the votes in a state, then they win all the state's electoral votes, no matter how close the vote was within the state. In 2016, Trump earned all of Georgia's electoral votes, even though Hillary Clinton earned a lot of votes within the state. Clinton actually got more votes than Trump in 2016 out of the whole country, she had the popular vote, but because of the way the electoral voting system works, Trump won the election. I think the winning candidate should be one with the popular vote as otherwise, it divides the states in their voting decision, and as I said before, people might not want to vote because they feel their vote is powerless if they live in a big state or a safe state.
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