New Windward Voters

By Hunter Owens (Co-Founder, Editor In Chief, Columnist) [?]

Published: December 2, 2008 and Updated: December 26, 2008
Reprinted From The Windward Bridge

On November 4th, most Windward students will watch enviously as parents, teachers, and other adults come home wearing the coveted "I Voted" stickers. However, for a select Windward few, November 4th will mark the day of their first vote.

One such member of this community is Sarah Ramanuj ’09, who will be voting for Barack Obama this November. She says she will vote for Obama because she supports the Obama tax plan, agrees with most of his socially progressive policies, and wants to support the first black presidential candidate ever nominated by a major party. As a self-described liberal, she will register as a Democrat after her birthday, September 29th, and doesn’t know for whom she will vote for Congress yet.

Another member of this exclusive club is Max Rappaport '09 and he will also be voting for Barack Obama "because I don't like John McCain and I despise Sarah Palin." He wants a serious change after eight years of George W. Bush. He is registered as an independent and thinks voting is important because it is an opportunity for citizens to affect government policy. He also looks forward to voting “No” on the gay marriage ban.

We also caught up with John Risko '09 on his birthday. He said he wasn't going to vote because California was already decided, even though he has followed the election a little bit. Another motive, aside from feeling his vote wasn’t needed, was to avoid jury duty. It turns out, however, that you can not only be called for jury duty from Voter Registration, but also from a variety of other sources, like DMV records.

Christopher Gordon '09 also will be voting for Obama because "we need change in government and McCain's ideas are similar to Bush's." He also will be voting for Obama because the idea of Sarah Palin as president scares him. He specifically objects to Palin’s belief that Creationism should be taught in schools. Although he is a registered Democrat, he does not know how he will vote on the propositions or whom he will support for Congress. Chris is excited to vote because he will have the same power in government as his parents.

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