Do Students Take Elections Seriously?

October 22, 2018

Josie Steehler went to the Peavine Hall dorm at the University of Nevada, Reno, to find out.

 Sophia Free (left), Haley Rae Markowitz (center) and Audrey De Lucia (right) put on their serious faces to talk about politics and elections. Photo by Josie Steehler.


Interested and Not Interested


“Children are to be seen and not heard,” Audrey De Lucia, 18, a freshman and dual major in psychology and criminal justice at the University of Nevada, Reno, said about her parents’ philosophy toward her youthful opinions.


Politics, elections and all of the in between is mostly for older people according to freshmen Audrey De Lucia, Haley Rae Markowitz, 18, a public health major, and Sophia Free, 18, a pre-business major.


“We’re the future,” De Lucia answers on why she still cares about the election though. “It’s our future …. what is going on in the United States… What’s going on right now is going to affect where we are at when we are their age,” she said.


But Markowitz and Free express the antithesis of De Lucia’s outlook, and are less interested in the midterm elections because they claim to not know enough about the process and current candidates.


“Politics means opinions and disagreements and arguments about what is going on right now,” the three all chimed in on what politics means to them.



“My parents always say don’t believe everything you read on the internet,” De Lucia said. Photo by Josie Steehler.


Did you Follow the Kavanaugh Nomination Process?


I asked the freshmen if they seek out political information on Twitter.


“No,” Markowitz candidly expressed.


I also asked the students if they knew anything about the recent Supreme Court nomination and appointment of Brett Kavanaugh. They said that they heard a bit of what it entailed, but that they didn’t know to the fullest extent what exactly happened.


I explained to them that the two senators from every state cast a vote to either confirm or deny President Trump’s nomination after an investigation was opened to explore sexual assault allegations made against the nominee.



“It interests me, but I would never really take the time to go out and research it. I would just be doing my other homework,” Free said of looking for election related information through social media. Photo by Josie Steehler.


A Reporter Informing Would be Voters In Person?


I then told them that one of their very own Nevada senators, who is up for reelection this November, Dean Heller voted for Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.


“That’s definitely shocking news,” Markowitz said about what I had just told them. “With this little education that I got I already feel like I can vote,” she continued about how she didn’t feel like she knew enough to make an informed decision before, but knowing this now, maybe she could.


“That makes me want to vote,” Free said. “I just didn’t want to do it until I felt ready to do it, but I feel like this is the time that I should be ready to do it, but I’m just like not.”


Reporting by Josie Steehler shared with the Reynolds Sandbox.
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