Election Student Opinion Series: Why This Election Matters

Mt. SAC students sound off on the election, the issues that matter, and why voting is important.


Graphic by Monica Inouye/SAC.Media.

This election is very important to me because it is an election between having human rights or getting them ripped away from you. Watching the BLM movement earlier this year and families getting separated by our government and put into cages has made me and my family angry. Living in American as a person of color hurts. People are being killed by police officers in “accident” because they are black. There are so many people that have still not received the justice they deserve. I grew up in the Hispanic/ Latino community and I have experienced the hatred people put onto us. I know what it is like not being able to see a family member because they got ripped away from me. I grew up already labeled by society. I have the privilege to vote so this year all my sisters and I voted.

The most important issue that the country is facing right now is the COVID-19 pandemic. Other countries have been doing better on coronavirus cases and social distancing. Since the pandemic was known in early February every other country but the United States took action immediately. They quarantined for weeks, and used massive amounts of precaution with going out and getting their essentials. United States citizens had a problem with wearing face coverings since the very start and not being able to stay home and social distance. People complained about not being able to breath under their face coverings and refusing to wear them out in public. Cases of COVID are still increasing in the states because of people still attend events with rooms full of people and shopping centers and restaurants opened up too fast.

If I could hope for one change after this election is decided, it would be that we will finally be able to be united as a country. There is so much hatred and separation between every race and culture. There is always going to be a difference of religion, culture, race, politics, and party but there should always be the same morality and respect to each other. To be able to see everyone wear a face covering so they can show that they care about other people’s health and put their own beliefs on the side.