Simpson College’s student run newspaper, The Simpsonian, released a statement from the editorial staff stating the decision to not endorse a presidential candidiate for the 2020 Presidential Election.
“This year we decided not to endorse any candidates within the presidential race. We believe that The Simpsonian is here to help give the facts to students so they can feel like they have the knowledge to vote for the candidate that best echoes their beliefs,” the editorial staff said in their article. “We, as an editorial staff, would like our readers to get out and vote. This year is a tight presidential race and every vote counts.”
In their statement, the staff members acknowledged that The Simpsonian has endorsed candidates in the past; for example Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election and Fred Hubbell in the 2018 Iowa Governor’s race.
However, for the sake of impartiality and to focus on promoting student voting, they’ve declined to endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Republican candidate Donald Trump or any other political party’s candidate this year.
They also recount various points of history surrounding voting rights–highlighting the African American, Native American, and women’s suffrage movement. They emphasize the various hardships those groups experienced when fighting for the right to vote and challenge their readers to exercise their voting rights.
The editorial staff also sheds lights on the impact of young–specifically Gen Z–votes in this election.
“Young voters are going to have a significant impact on how the 2020 election shakes out,” the editorial staff said. “According to the Brookings Institute, Millennials and a portion of Gen Z comprise 37 percent of eligible voters. With such a large percentage of eligible voters, the participation of young people will have a strong impact.”
You can read the full article on The Simpsonian’s website, https://thesimpsonian.com, under the ‘Our View’ tab.
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