By Roy Jimenez
Denton- College students are excited about the voting season and having their voices heard.
Valerie Guajardo is a freshman at UNT studying psychology. She is ready to vote for the first time.
“I get to have a say in who runs this country instead of just standing back and it being decided for me,” Guajardo said.
She believes if she can vote, then she should take advantage of the opportunity to do so.
“Just because it is such a big deal, it determines a lot of what happens in the next four years.” She said.
Guajardo said she used to be a Republican but now says she will vote as a Democrat.
“Right now, a lot of the democratic values matter to me the most,” Guajardo said.
Dr. Valerie Martinez Ebers, who teaches political science at UNT, said that not many college students vote during the voting season.
“If they would all vote, they could decide the outcome of elections college students especially could decide,” Martinez Ebers said.
In 2008, when President Barack Obama ran for the first time, the turnout rate for voters ages 18-29 was nearly 50%, which is pretty high for that age group. According to United States Elections Project the demographics for voter turnouts in 2018, the most recent mid-term election, it was closer to 30%. The Knight Foundation did a study alongside with College Pulse on young college students voting and how many they can expect this year, and the answer is 71%.
“If students turned out at the universities well, it would perhaps go a different way.” Martinez Ebers said.
She says that there are issues students really care about, which help get them to go out and vote.
“I think it’s really important to vote in Texas if you don’t like the status quo.” Martinez Ebers said.