One is worth billions, another marched for civil rights, one has a Presidential Medal of Freedom, one graduated from law school, one is from Canada, another teaches political science and the final one became state senator at the age of 26.
Want to take a guess at what all these people have in common? They are all candidates facing off in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and Republicans Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.
U.S. citizens are allowed to vote for either of these candidates in the 2016 election, however voters must be at least 18. But what if they are not even close to 18, but want to be part of the process? Can they still participate in a political decision? Do they even have a voice? The answer is yes, they can participate in the political world, even if they are years away from being able to punch the ballot.
“People should be aware of their right to vote and the reasons why they would vote when that time comes,” junior Vanessa Concepcion said.
Overview of the 2016 Race
With President Barack Obama’s second term coming to a close, Democrats and Republicans are racing to see who will succeed and become the 45th President of the United States.
The fight for the Democratic Party nomination has dwindled down to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two are in a dogfight after the caucuses and primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina and states on Super Tuesday. Clinton won Iowa by slim margins, as well as Nevada and South Carolina, while Sanders stole New Hampshire. On Super Tuesday, Clinton won in seven states, Sanders’s four state wins. The Democratic nomination will not be declared until the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28. Currently, Clinton leads in a national poll with 48.9 percent compared to Sanders’s 41.5 percent.
“I feel that the close race between Sanders and Clinton is interesting because the nomination could swing either way depending on the upcoming caucuses and primaries,” senior Michelle Perez said. “It will be interesting to see what happens since both candidates have good political platforms.”