Cal U students share opinions on the 2020 presidential election


Maria Dovshek

Junior Maria Dovshek, a resident of Scenery Hill, Pa. and student member of the California University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees, joins voters across the U.S. on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

Kaitlyn Collins, Staff Writer

Millions of Americans have participated in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The race has been incredibly close with Joe Biden only needing a total of six electoral votes to claim a victory, as of Nov. 6, but Donald Trump has been putting up a fight since Election Day. People from all over the country are anxiously waiting to hear the result. Some Cal U students are hoping to see their preferred presidential candidate take office. They are proud voters who hope to see their views represented for the next four years.

Kayla Gamble, junior, is a registered Democrat who voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This was her first time voting in a presidential election but has voted in every election that she has been eligible for after tuning 18 years old.

“I care way too much about the environment, minority groups, the ever-prevailing issue of racism and the overall safety of our country to ever consider supporting someone who blatantly disregards all of those factors,” said Gamble.

Gamble voted in person for this election.

“My polling station specifically does not draw in a large crowd, so I felt safe doing so even with the current circumstances surrounding the pandemic,” Gamble said.

Gamble said she believes voting is extremely important, and that this is one of the most important elections in U.S. history.

“Every individual vote matters. They all add up,” she said. “One vote can speak for millions of those who may be too young to vote, incarcerated or prevented from voting or many other circumstances inhibiting someone’s right to vote for their country.”

Abigale King, junior, also voted for Biden and Harris. She is a registered Democrat, and said she shares the same ideals with most democrats, and Biden.

“He believes in climate change and will work to fix it, and he believes in human rights and is going to fight for them,” King said. “He is not racist, sexist or homophobic.”

King said she believes this election is important because people’s lives and rights are on the line.

“I’m hoping for everyone’s sake it is Biden,” she said.

Abbie Kefalas, senior, is a registered Democrat, but chose to giver her vote to Jo Jorgensen and her running mate Jeromy Cohan, who belong to the Libertarian Party. She said this party represented more of her views than it did in the past. She is a first-time voter.

“I decided to vote third party and specifically for Jo because of her number one priority, peace,” said Kefalas. “Her goal as president would be to turn America into one giant Switzerland. That was extremely important for me.”

Kefalas voted by mail, and said it was easy.

She also said voting is important, especially in this election.

“I think the outcome of this election is going to be extremely close between our Republican and Democratic candidates,” Kefalas said on Election Day, Nov. 3. “But I must add that this is one of the first times the media has included a libertarian candidate, and I think people will be extremely surprised by how many voters decided to vote third party this year due to the circumstances.”

According to the presidential results provided by The Associated Press, Jorgensen has received 1.2% of the popular vote as of Nov. 6. Biden has received 50.5%, and Trump has received 47.8%. Votes are still being counted. Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Alaska and Nevada are still waiting to be called.