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Will you vote in the upcoming election? Is voting important to you? Why or why not?

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Image for Rueben Ortiz: The only vote that matters is for president.

Rueben Ortiz: The only vote that matters is for president.

I mean it does matter especially when it comes to president. This country will go down hill more than it already has if we choose the wrong president. This is the person that is going to run the country. You want to pick a leader. When it comes to senators or sheriffs I don’t think it matter. The only vote that matter is for president.

We’re in debt a few trillion dollars. That’s such a bad thing for the country. I’m not trying to go through World War 3 over debt. Countries are crazy. There was all this hype around around WW1 and WW2. I’m not trying to go through WW3.

You don’t want this random person trying to run the country. It’s a pretty big thing to handle. They run the country. Yeah they have to go through congress and what not but they have a lot more power. I prefer Hillary because Trump is so bad. He doesn’t really have any experience. He just wants to say that he runs the country. Hillary has experience. Despite the things she says I don’t think she would be a bad president. Trump is not a good candidate. I would vote for Hillary. I wish Obama could run again. I’m sure if he could run again Trump and Hillary wouldn’t have a chance.

Politics matter, but not to me as a person. I don’t really care about politics. It matters in general, but if I had a to do anything that had to do with politics I would pass it up. It is nothing important to me.

It’s my life I want to say I control it. Every country has rules and there are consequences if you break them. We’re actually a lot more free than other countries. I’m kinda happy the way the country is, in a way. I’m only happy with the country’s laws. This country is going down. Look at who the presidential candidates are. We will be in more debt. We’ll probably go to war. I don’t know. Bad things are going to happen.

I want to see peace. No more violence. If that happens then it’s a miracle. No one really listens to the little people. Nobody listens in general. I’m not that big of a person. I don’t have that much power. I can’t really make anyone think. People would think I’m crazy.

If I had power I would get everything in order. Just get rid of violence and put people in power that can better manage the city. I just want to see the violence gone. It’s ridiculous. Just the other day this guy I knew was shot. You have people not licensed who have guns. It’s not a good time to be living because of the violence. You can’t even go outside without worrying about getting shot.

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Ruben Ortiz is a 16-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Ruben Ortiz worked with mentor James Frank to create his response.

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Image for Hector Lopez: It gives a choice of who is going to be leading our country.

Hector Lopez: It gives a choice of who is going to be leading our country.

I feel like voting is important because it gives a choice of who is going to be leading our country. In a way where we can actually have that opinion be heard. It does give others a chance to know, personally, who are these candidates and what job they can actually do for the country. I am not old enough to vote yet. When an election comes, people’s opinions will be heard. I watched one of the debates. I didn’t like how Trump did his business it sounded very unprofessional. His attitude wasn’t like an attitude I would want to see as a president especially he gets so mad so quick. And that is only over a debate, like I can’t even imagine him as president when other countries will like have a voice against him. I think it will be terrible if we just had someone like that. That’s why voting is important because it could take someone who’s like Trump whose so high in the [polls] and so much people want him to be president. Yet it allows another force to oppose it. I don’t want Trump. I want Hillary. I want someone who at least has a presidential attitude. That goes for any type of situation: Mayor of Springfield, or mayor of whatever town. If someone becomes president, whoever it is, I don’t know how that is going to stop me from going to college and getting a job I like. I doubt that anything will change but it is not for me, it is for the other people who will be affected. It doesn’t matter about jobs but the people who have been slandered of their religion base, their sexual preference. All those people who get slandered for that. I prefer someone who accepts all of it, than someone who bashes. If my vote can help someone else that is what I want.

Hector Lopez is a 17-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

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This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Hector worked with GroundTruth digital intern Frank Dutan to generate his response.

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Image for Chris Arroyo: I feel like I picked the wrong election to vote in.

Chris Arroyo: I feel like I picked the wrong election to vote in.

Voting somewhat matters because it does give US citizens a right to pick who their leader will be. I am registered to vote. I feel like I picked the wrong election to vote in. Well both sides are pretty not good. Obviously both of the main candidates are not real to me, like they are not good for the job in my opinion. One Donald Trump isn’t really much of a guy because he’s just rich and white. And Hillary Clinton, I actually have no idea what she is actually going for. And the other candidates I don’t really know much about them but I rather vote for them than those two. It feels something serious because for one this is my future. So it will like affect it somehow. For me my future is already set I know what I am going to do. But I am pretty sure it is going to be affected negatively because I am of a minority race. I haven’t seen any good presidents in my lifetime. So I do not know what’s the difference between a good and a bad president.

My father, personally, doesn’t care much for voting because he says he’s gonna pay taxes regardless but my mother is a part of the democratic party. I voted for someone named Johnson in the [Springfield school district] mock election because he was the only other choice. I am pretty sure I will vote for Johnson again but I will have to do more research.

I feel like it’s going to be bad for me regardless because I am just going to be in the military, for one. And I feel like the military is going to be affecting me in a good way. I am going to be a low-ranking official anyways so it doesn’t matter. I am going to be following orders regardless.

Chris Arroyo is an 18-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

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This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Chris worked with GroundTruth digital intern Frank Dutan to generate his response.

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Image for Jose Perez: I feel like my vote does really make an impact.

Jose Perez: I feel like my vote does really make an impact.

I have registered to vote. I do plan on voting. The reason I think voting is important is that I feel like my vote does really make an impact. If I influence other people to vote they will also go to try and vote. If I influence others, they are going to influence other people. One vote adds up and that stacks up. It really does make a difference even if you don’t think it doesn’t. I feel like young people don’t understand the process to vote, even I did not understand the process. I had many people explain it to me. Many people are not probably interested in politics which is, to each his own. But it is important to decide who is going to run a country. They might not know it but it is going to have a huge impact on our lives. It’s a really important matter. It’s very important to pay attention to that. Other people’s decisions are very critical in to one’s life. It depends on the decisions they make. For example, the building the wall structure. If it does come to that, there is going to be an outbreak of many people fighting against it. Many people do not know that a lot of illegal immigrants work very hard in the field and it is going to affect every little detail. Like grocery stores, and big companies losing money. That’s just one small factor. One person with really high power can really cherish or destroy one person’s life. I am kind of nervous, it can go either good or bad. I don’t see any good news in the media anymore. It is just about how each candidate are extreme on their ideas. Sometimes it just boggles my mind. I am excited to vote for the first time. I would explain the whole process but I am just a part of the process. Finally, I can be part of this huge community. I feel like my life is progressing because I can see myself doing more adult things. I finally get to decide who the next president will be. I mean it depends on the majority of the group but it all depends on one vote to count. So I am very happy to be a part of this.

Jose Perez, is a 19-year-old student at Holyoke Community College

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This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Jose worked with GroundTruth digital intern Frank Dutan to generate his response.

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Gabriel Brady: To me it's simple

To me, it’s simple; I don’t believe in voting and I don’t care about it. There’s always something. There’s always a problem. I don’t know how to explain it; it’s difficult. There’s always a problem. They’re always trying to fix those problems. They create more problems by trying to fix them. I haven’t been paying attention much [about politics]. I used to before, when I was younger. Maybe 10. When Obama was running for the first time. After he became president, I just lost interest. I was around my family more and they were into it

I don’t know what those are [Democrats and Republicans]. I heard of them. Democrats, Republicans and Independents, but I don’t know what they are. I have an idea of them. Like, when certain people are running for president, they’ll be a democrat and if I was a democrat, I would vote for him. It is like they are just a group of people that believe in something because they are in the same group.

The only thing [about the election] that I see is the drama. Like, for example, people say Donald Trump is a racist for what he says. I’ve seen the jokes [of the presidential debate] on Facebook. What they were saying back and forth was funny. Like, it’s suppose to be a debate, but it’s more of an argument. What I think the difference between an argument and a debate is a debate would go out by facts. They take turns, they don’t interrupt, and they use their inside voices.

In an argument, people are yelling at each other, they go back and forth, nobody hears the other side, and they just interrupt each other. And most of the time, they don’t go on by facts. Most arguments are funny, if you’re not in the argument.

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Gabriel Brady is a 17-year-old student at the High School of Commerce.

This entry was generated in partnership with the UMass Community Journalism class. Gabriel Brady worked with his mentor, Danny Cordova.

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