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Roving Teen Reporter:
Gen Z at the Ballot Box
Neha Pubbi | Torrey Pines High School Senior

This November, issues like the pandemic, social justice, and the environment are at stake with the presidential election. Everyone holds their own priorities about politics, but important issues for teenagers range from healthcare and police reform to immigration.

“Who will replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court is an important issue for me. The Court is tilting towards a strong conservative majority and getting unbalanced. Healthcare is important too. What we have right now isn’t working, and whatever Trump was attempting by repealing the Affordable Care Act isn’t working either,” Mirabel Hunt, a Biden-supporting junior at TPHS, said.

For conservative teenagers, pro-life beliefs and immigration are of the utmost importance. “As an immigrant, I think immigration laws should be stricter. We need police reform and need to spend more money on training. As a Catholic, I am pro-life. The president has done a lot for that,” Kevin Sotelo, a conservative TPHS graduate, said.

The younger population acknowledges that voting for a president is for more than that position. “We’re also voting for other positions as the president appoints federal positions. It’s important that the president isn’t trying to repeal healthcare, revoke climate regulations or LGBTQ+ rights, and is able to handle the pandemic,” Shadi Mohebbi, a progressive TPHS graduate, said.

Teenagers’ age affects their political stances. “Environmental issues are important to me since my generation will be dealing with the decisions that current elected officials are making about the environment,” Audrey Chan, a Biden-supporting senior at CCA said.

Most teenagers believe that this election will be unpredictable. “It isn’t safe to make predictions because many things could happen, like the electoral college not lining up with the popular vote,” Chan said.

Regardless of party affiliation, most teenagers feel that this election is more significant than previous elections. “I believe this is a turning point, and we will see if this country will stay on top or gets worse,” Sotelo said.

Most newly eligible voters will vote through mail and not in person. “It’s upsetting that I won’t being voting at the polling place, but since the stakes are so high, I’m just glad I can vote,” Mohebbi said.

The pandemic hasn’t stopped teenagers from being politically involved. “I have been doing calls for Joe Biden,” Mirabel said.

Teenagers believe this is an important presidential election and will play their part in American Democracy.



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