FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- They are the next generation of American voters: High school seniors. And just like those of us who are eligible to vote, they have opinions about how this Presidential election season is playing out.
Members of the Decatur High School AP Government and Current World Problems class are discussing the direction of the campaigns, the debates, and what is important to them.
“For me, this election is really important because this will be my first opportunity to vote, I turn 18 on the the of this month,” said Brandon Ishise. “I watched the primaries, I also watched both of the Presidential debates, and I just feel like it’s really important, especially in our senior year that we get educated.”
We asked them about the issues that concern them this election season.
“Minimum wage because I’m like working like three or four jobs and minimum wage sucks. You can’t live off that. You can’t do anything off that,” Seandean Mbiri said.
“Education, I’m going to be going off to college, that affects me,” Nair Berganza said. “If the gun violence isn’t getting any better that could be me, or that could be someone in my family, that could be one of my friends, like that affects me.”
“We want answers, we want help, we need them to answer our questions because we need to know who we’re going to choose to lead us into the right way that we want to go,” Berganza added.
For many of them, this will be their first time voting so we asked how they believe the 2016 election will be remembered.
“I think this election is very notable and will probably be remembered as one of the uglier elections,” Ishise said. “There’s so much that the public is seeing and thinking about when they look at each candidate that makes it really hard to decide, and that’s one of the main reasons why there are still so many undecided voters.”
“I want to know what you’re going to do for me because I’m about to be 18 in the real world and I ain’t trying to be like, ‘Life sucks,' and it’s because of the President and stuff,” Mbiri said. “It’s like 'no man,' we need to make the right decision because it’s going to impact everyone else in the later years coming on.”
“It seems really hard to follow or pick one candidate over the other based on our own values, because it is really unclear who is going to support it more,” Ishise said.