The Election for the 45th President of the United States of America is coming up Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Election day began in 1792, when a law was passed that allowed each state in the United States to hold presidential elections on any day within 34 days before the first Wednesday in December. In 1845 it was decided to have a certain date devoted to voting so that elections that were announced earlier did not influence voters casting ballots at a later time or day. The day chosen was the first Tuesday of November so voters would not have to vote or travel on a Sunday.
“I'm not ready for a new president. I would rather stick with Obama until we find better candidates because I don’t agree with these candidates very much or have much respect for them.”
This year we have four main choices for the 2016 Presidential election: Hillary Clinton who is a Democrat, Donald Trump who is a Republican, Gary Johnson who is Libertarian, and Jill Stein who is part of the Green Party. According to the CNN polls, Clinton has 47% of votes, Trump has 42% of votes, Johnson has 5% of votes, and Stein has 2% of votes.
If she could vote, Tylesha Silva, Logan High School senior, said, “I would vote for one of the least popular candidates. I think both Trump and Clinton aren't mature enough or fit to be president. I feel like we don't have the best choices for our upcoming president. I think our candidates are immature and not ready to be head of our country.“
She added, “I'm not ready for a new president. I would rather stick with Obama until we find better candidates because I don’t agree with these candidates very much or have much respect for them.”
Desi Lambaren, Logan High sophomore, said if she had to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, “If anything, I would probably choose Hillary.”
When Desi Lambaren was asked if she was ready for a new president she said, “Am I ready? Nope. Not at all. Honestly they shouldn't really change presidents every 4 years. Like that's honestly really dumb. Why can't we just keep one president until they pass away or they choose to let someone else be president that they know is going to better president?”
So why do U.S. presidents have four-year terms and can only serve a total of 8 years? According to infoplease.com, “the 22nd Amendment, enacted after Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president for the fourth time, imposes a two-term limit on presidential candidates and was established to formalize a tradition George Washington started by refusing to run for a third term in 1796.” George Washington set that precedent largely because he and many early Americans did not want presidents to become like kings who had no such limits.
Are you 18 and ready to vote? Do you know who you are going to vote for? Are you ready for a new president?
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