A lot has happened in the world of politics since the Iowa Caucuses in early February. In Iowa, Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders in the Democratic caucus while Ted Cruz took the lead in the Republican caucus. In the New Hampshire primary, Sanders won the Democratic vote by nearly twenty percent while Donald Trump won the Republican primary. In Nevada, Clinton won the Democratic caucus while Trump won the Republican caucus by an astounding twenty percent margin. In South Carolina, Trump won the Republican primary over Cruz, who was expected to win the state due to its large Evangelical population. Several candidates including Martin O’Malley, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson have dropped out of the race. Soon though, the nation’s focus will be on Illinois.
The Illinois primary will be held on March 15 and many members of the Payton community will be able to vote for the first time. Thalia Taylor ‘16 thinks that being registered to vote is important because as young voters, “we have the lowest voter turnout rate of any group. If we want anything to change and we want people to value our opinions, then we have to show up and actually vote.”
Any US citizen who will be 18 years old by the time of the general election in November is eligible to vote, which includes many current Payton seniors and juniors. Registration for new voters online and by mail closed on February 16. However, at early voting sites will be open until March 14.
Caption: Although voting registration online and by mail have already closed, students can still register to vote in person before the day of the primary.