As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera spoke to voters across the United States asking nine questions to understand who they support and why.
Age: 23 years old
Profession: Regional Organization Director for NextGen America
Résidence: Dane County, Wisconsin
Voted 2016: Hillary Clinton
Voter in 2020: Joe Biden
Main electoral issue: climate change
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“It’s really important to vote and for everyone to vote because it’s our way, in this country, to have our say in politics most directly.
“There have been so many races that have come together. I mean in 2016, among the battlefield states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, I think it went down to 70,000 or 80,000 people – that’s enough for a football stadium, so it boiled down to a football stadium worth people. And I know in Virginia, where I grew up, there have been some very tight state legislature races, one of which was to pull a name out of a bowl.
“So really everyone’s vote counts. This is the way to have your say in what you think the future of our country or city should look like. Everyone should go and vote!
What’s your number one problem?
“My number one problem with this election is climate change. I think for people of my generation – I’m on the cusp of a millennium and Generation Z – I think for people my age climate change is really important to us because we are already seeing it. happening right now.
“The west coast is on fire, their skies are literally orange. I think I read somewhere that they were running out of names to name the hurricanes in the Southeast because there have been so many this season which is terrible, but it really shows that we are already feeling the effects of the change. climate now and that is happening around the world.
“We really need to step up our efforts and make sure we vote this fall for someone who is going to take climate change seriously.”
Who will you vote for?
“I vote for Joe Biden.”
Is there a main reason you chose your candidate?
“When it comes to climate change, I think Joe Biden has really shown, since he landed the nomination earlier this year, that he takes climate change seriously. He’s put together a great team to help him formulate his climate plans. I think his goals are solid and really achievable, again, if we have someone in the White House in the next few years who actually believes in climate change.
“In addition, his plan includes a lot of building green infrastructure, technology and a shift to cleaner energy sources. And all of this is going to create a lot more jobs, which, especially now, thanks to Trump’s terrible handling of the coronavirus that has driven millions of people out of work, those jobs are much needed.
Are you satisfied with the state of the country?
“I am certainly not happy with the state of the country. If you told me in 2015 or 2016 that Donald Trump would be our president and that in 2020 we would spend more than six months working from home, home schooling, and that there would be over 200,000 Americans dead, I do not do it. think i would believe you. And, even if I did, I would think, “Well, I think the obvious choice is the one the Democrats are putting against it.” Certainly not satisfied with the state of affairs.
“On top of that, I think we’ve seen, in the spring and summer in particular, a new movement for civil rights. And there just hasn’t been the kind of response that I think a lot of people expect from the federal government on this. So I am also looking to change that. “
What would you like to see changed?
“Certainly the coronavirus pandemic under control at the federal level. Significant legislation to match the current ongoing civil rights movement and police brutality against predominantly black and indigenous people of color. And a serious movement on climate change.
Do you think the election will change anything?
“Absolutely. I think if Joe Biden is elected we will have an EPA chief who believes in climate change, we will have an attorney general who takes civil rights violations very seriously. I think that’s the important thing – it’s not just about electing Joe Biden, but you also get Kamala Harris as vice president, and a really great administration, executive branch and cabinet.
What is your biggest concern for the United States?
“I know I’ve talked a lot about climate change before, but again, just with the fires on the west coast and hurricanes in the southeast, it really worries me.
“Obviously, the coronavirus – we’ve just passed 200,000 Americans dead, and particularly in my state of Wisconsin, with many college towns and college students returning to campus, we’re just seeing huge, huge increases in our state. The positivity rates and rates of transmission among people are just out of the ordinary at this point. It’s really scary! These are my two main concerns.
Is there anything we haven’t asked about the election that you want to share?
“I think young people are really motivated to go and vote this fall. I think they know what is at stake for our future and for our country, so I really can’t wait to see an increase in the youth vote in 2020. ”