This year’s presidential election is currently ongoing as citizens continue to turn in their ballots. Mail-in ballots have been around for a while now, but many people are just now realizing it as an option.
Voting in person has been something most people did every election year and hundreds of people would gather to get into small polling areas and exercise their rights to vote.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, some consider voting in person a risk. Many people have considered, and are still considering, voting by mail to avoid such big crowds. That way, they can feel safe while they vote, including students here at CSUSB.
Jesus Estrada, a fourth year political science major stated, “Usually I like to vote in person. I enjoy the experience of waiting in the line and just seeing everyone exercise their right to vote. This year though, it’s tough. I want to go in person, but this year I am gonna vote by mail. It’s just safer; some people just will not wear masks and I have no idea how that is gonna play out when it is time to vote.”
Voting in person, to many people, is a tradition and would not even think about voting by mail.
Kendrick Castellanos, a third year political science major stated, “I understand the safety part of voting by mail, but honestly I just feel better voting in person. I am sure that measures are going to be put into place, like wearing a mask and things of that nature so I think it will be worth the risk.”
Voting early is something that a lot of people are doing as well. In California, everyone who is eligible to vote received a ballot by mail and is able to vote early. Even some of our fellow coyotes have taken advantage of this.
Joanna Mendoza, a third year mathematics major, stated, “I voted early this year, so I turned in my ballot last week. It was easy, I just dropped my ballot off. Because of the pandemic, I feel it is just smarter to vote by mail. I already got it over with and I avoided a huge crowd of people, which is like the worst thing you can do right now. I have never voted by mail, but I recommend it, especially this year.”