Election Day is on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. If you are 18 years or older, a US Citizen, and registered to vote, this day is for you to vote for officials such as the President of the United States of America. Early voting opened on Thursday, Oct. 15 and will remain opened until Saturday, Oct. 31. This year, you can vote in person and you can vote by mail. You can also vote on Election Day or you can vote early.
While I am still 16 and cannot vote, I think it is important to spread awareness on voting. The media tends to lean one way and tell you who to vote for and put you down if you don’t believe the same. Instead of telling you who to vote for I am going to give you 10 facts about both Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
10 Facts about Joe Biden:
1. Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President is Kamala Harris.
2. This will be Biden’s third attempt at running for President of the United States. He has run in 1988, 2008, and 2020.
3. Joe Biden served two terms as Vice President of the United States under President Barack Obama from 2009-2017. Joe Biden served as a United States Senator for Delaware from 1973-2009. He was the fifth-youngest person ever elected to the United States Senate.
4. Biden says he will expand Obamacare, the affordable and public health insurance passed during Obama’s legislation. He wants to implement a plan to insure 97% of Americans.
5. If elected, Biden plans to enact policies that would raise taxes on individuals with an annual income above $400,000. This would include raising individual income, capital gains, and payroll taxes. Biden would also raise taxes on corporations. Biden supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
6. In 1974, Biden told a reporter that he did not like the Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion and as a senator in 1981 tried to overturn the Roe vs. Wade bill. Biden has since claimed to reverse this position and claims to be pro-choice.
7. In 1994, Biden wrote the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. This act made for more strict federal prison sentences and is often criticized today for given unfair sentences to Black Americans.
8. Biden wants to pass student loan debt forgiveness plans. He wants to expand tuition-free colleges. He also wants universal preschool acmes.
9. Biden plans to provide free testing for all. He plans to establish at least 10 testing centers in every American state. He will call on federal agencies to give firmer national guidelines and will call on all governors to mandate wearing masks in public.
10. Joe Biden is a Democrat. He has more liberal views.
10 Facts about Donald Trump:
1. Donald Trump has been President of the United States of America since 2017, being elected during his first run for POTUS.
2. Donald Trump’s Vice President is Mike Pence.
3. In his three years as President, Trump has activated a fiscal policy that created the lowest unemployment rate for Black Americans in over 50 years. Unemployment rates in 2019 were at record lows. Job openings outnumbered the unemployed which caused wages to rise and fast pay increases. 57% of Americans said they are better financially since Trump’s inauguration.
4. President Trump is making it harder to get an abortion and wants to overturn federal protections and is for a near-total ban on abortion. President Trump claims to be pro-life.
5. In his first term as POTUS, Trump has rolled back federal regulations on business and has enacted corporate and income tax cuts to “revive American manufacturing.” Throughout his first term as POTUS, Trump has re-negotiated past trade deals that he claims were unfair to the US such as NAFTA or also simply leaving these past trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
6. Trump declared the opioid crisis a national health emergency in 2017. He offered $1.8 billion in federal funding for prevent, treatment, and recovery measures for opioid users. He is taking steps to restrict opioid prescribing.
7. Trump has expressed support for gun reforms. However, he overall defends and stands for the right to bear arms given in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. He also has defended the National Rifle Association.
8. Trump has called for the Constitutional right to pray in public schools. Trump wants to invest in workforce development, job training, and vocational schools. He talked about this issue in his 2018, State of the Union address.
9. President Trump appointed one of America’s leading advocates for greater school choice to be Secretary of Education. This appointment resulted in support for charter schools, taxpayer funded vouchers and tax credits for private-school vouchers.
10. Donald Trump is a Republican. He has more conservative views.
Do not vote for who is being pushed in the media. Do not vote for “who is trending.” Vote for someone you think will make our country better. Please vote as soon possible, there are no excuses this year.