Election Reflection 2018

Voter or not, Election Day and its results impact everyone.

Raven Sanchez, Staff Writer

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Election Day in Colorado and in the United States manages to leave voters on the edge of their seats, but it does not always make an impact on those who cannot vote. The majority of people who are able to vote have some idea of how an election works and what stances certain candidates possess, but those who do not qualify may not be as informed; many CHS students are not the right age to vote yet, but they are still American citizens who have the right to know what will occur in their state. Watching political news or reading from an online database can be difficult for non-voters to comprehend because these resources are mostly meant for voters.

Before decoding the meaning of Polis’s election, knowing what the United States government and Colorado’s government will look like is important. In terms of the United States government, the Democratic party has control of the House, but lost control of the Senate. To see more specific results, the link at the bottom of the page will allow those interested to delve deeper into the election day occurrences. When looking at Colorado’s election results, the State Senate has four Democrats out of seven, but the State House is completely Democratic. Democrats support equality for all, especially in our education system. If a student needs more information on what it means to be a Democrat, the link below will explain a little more about it.

Republicans support getting the most benefits out of society by making sure people hold their own. Each person has a role to play, and they must do so effectively in order to gain societal benefits. They tend to be independent and are not fond of government interference or aid. If students are interested in learning more about what being a Republican means, there is a link below with more information.

In terms of Colorado’s decision for senator, Candidate for governor Jared Polis won the majority on election day by 159,677 votes, or 7.4%.

Jared Polis has stances on a variety of issues in Colorado; Polis strongly favors legally requiring that women and minorities are hired. He is pro-women’s rights, against gender-biased wages, and against discriminatory compensation. He is against female violence and domestic violence; he believes that victims of domestic violence should get the resources and help that they need to recover. Polis is openly gay, so he supports same-sex marriage. He is against discrimination of any kind towards LGBTQ+ people.

Polis does not support a specific type of cybersecurity protection; this type of cybersecurity involves individuals sharing their information with the government in order to keep it protected. He also does not support the return of the Fairness Doctrine, which is a past federal policy that requires television and broadcasting companies to keep a conservative attitude when discussing politics. He does not like the idea of having the government dictate political views in the media, but he feels that people should be able to independently make the choice on which views to express.

For those who are interested in the learning more about Polis’s stances on issues pertaining to Colorado, the link below gives an abundance of information just for that.

It is important for students to understand what occurs and is occurring in the governmental settings of their states and country; it is also helpful for students to know a little bit about the voting process before they have to go through it. By being informed, CHS students can create a brighter future for Colorado and the United States.

 

https://democrats.org/about/party-platform/

https://www.republicanviews.org/what-is-a-republican-republican-definition/

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/06/us/elections/results-house-elections.html

http://www.ontheissues.org/House/Jared_Polis.htm

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