Royals to the Polls

Evans Clock Tower was marked with patriotic balloons on Election Day.T.J Spry | The Queens Chronicle

Students were encouraged to meet at Evans Clock Tower throughout the day on Election Day to walk to the polls together.

Social justice and immigration top the list of issues that are driving Queens students and staff to the polls.

In about 100 interviews earlier today, the day before Election Day, members of the Queens community said that they would cast their votes based on issues such as police brutality, women’s rights and HB2.

“I am voting because being a black woman so many people fought and died so I could vote,” said Faith Anthony, a junior Spanish major from Charlotte, NC. She said the most important issue to her is social justice in the work place because she will be entering the workforce next year and wants her rights ensured.

Of the 105 students and faculty polled, 87 said they were going to vote tomorrow or they had voted early or voted by absentee ballot.

Other issues students said mattered to them were healthcare, taxes and the environment. To a lesser extent some said they were voting because it was their civic duty. One student said they were voting, even though they thought both major party candidates were unqualified.

Faculty and administration have social justice and immigration on their minds as they head to the polls.

Sarah Fatherly, interim dean of the Knight School of Communication and assistant provost, said equal pay for men and women, and equal justice for minorities are her top issues.

“The most important is creating a balanced government in terms of having proper party regulation in the House and Senate,” said Brandon Johnson, 29, an athletic trainer at Queens.

Of the nonvoters, citizenship plays a role, but some registered voters choose not to vote.

Patrick Motter, assistant dean of students, said he would not be casting a ballot tomorrow.

“No I don’t vote,” he said, “I don’t keep up with politics because I’m not educated on the issues so I would just be voting on a popularity contest.”

 

This article was made through the joint effort of the COM 204 class taught by Mary Tabor. Credit for writing the article itself goes to Mason Farnan.

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