US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.
Trump has been specializing in “law and order”, Biden has been making an attempt to strike a conciliatory notice. The Black Lives Matter motion, and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Americans will take into account when selecting their president.
As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.
Lila Ann Weller
Residence: Salt Lake County, Utah
Voted in 2016 for: Hillary Clinton
Will Vote in 2020 for: Joe Biden
Top Election Issue: Getting COVID Pandemic Under Control
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“Yes, I will absolutely vote in the upcoming election. I consider voting very important. But I think it’s safe to say this is one of the most pivotal elections that I’ll see in my lifetime. I know that in my nation where we’re very attached to the Electoral College, we just flat out know that not every vote counts. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to exercise that right at this, like I said, a very crucial moment in our history.”
What is your primary difficulty?
“That is such a troublesome query. I battle with it each time! Usually, I attempt to slender it down into my prime three, and if I had been to do this at present, it could come all the way down to the umbrella difficulty of useful resource fairness, as a result of that branches off into every part.
“But as things are in the US, right now, my number one issue is getting the pandemic under control in our nation. I don’t think that we have the capacity to focus on anything else when we’re just literally trying to survive day-to-day. I work in retail – I’m the fourth generation in a local independently owned bookstore, and service workers and retail workers – we’re feeling it right now – everyone is. It’s a daily struggle for those of us who are dealing with the public on the front lines.”
Who will you be voting for?
“I will be voting for Joe Biden.”
Is there a most important purpose you selected your candidate?
“He just isn’t my ideally suited candidate by any means. I at all times hoped for a extra progressive candidate who higher represents my beliefs and demographics – who aren’t heard or served. But that mentioned, he isn’t Donald Trump.
“He is an individual who can communicate in coherent sentences, not less than a big portion of the time. He’s an individual who stands up for the rights of people who find themselves uncared for by our system presently. I’m a genderqueer particular person – I’m a sapphic queer, sexually, genderqueer, gender-wise. And that does make me a kind of demographics that may be very a lot at risk proper now. I do know that [Biden] is an individual – particularly with Kamala on his aspect as VP – who will be capable to rise up for our rights, not less than just a little bit.
“A lot of these questions feel very different than they would have a couple of years ago. I used to have this feeling that the US moves more slowly than other nations, but we are moving in a productive direction. And I felt that way up until, like I said, a couple of years ago. And now I am just hoping that we can eventually get back on that track. And I know that while Joe Biden doesn’t represent me in a number of ways that I hoped for, he is our only hope to getting there.”
Are you pleased with the state of the nation?
“I’m extremely demoralised by the state of the nation proper now. Like I discussed, that false development narrative that I had in my head is completely obliterated now. And I battle to see a method out of this. Honestly, there are a number of issues that want to vary quickly to ensure that us to have the ability to take into account ourselves even a ‘developed nation,’ if that is smart.
“It’s such an enormous query. I’ve by no means been extra sad with the state of our nation. I’m shaking in my boots. I’ve been speaking with my accomplice and my co-workers, specifically, over the previous couple of days, as we’re listening to the hearings to seek out out who our new Supreme Court Justice will likely be – and I believe we all know at this level. If she does get into the Supreme Court, we’re about to see a number of rights that now we have spent – our foreparents have spent their total lives – to not point out our total lives, combating for simply out the window like that. We’re going to be again to back-alley abortions. I would lose the best to get married sometime. It’s very scary.
“Queer people, LGBTQ folks, in my community, we’re losing our medical protections, we are losing our right to public services like access to homeless shelters – you can be turned away on the basis of your gender now – it’s very frightening. And these things are all happening so rapidly, that it’s hard to focus on any one thing and really find a concrete way to address it.”
What would you prefer to see change?
“A giant one for me is our healthcare. I do know in our nation that the highest two bills for individuals are housing and healthcare. And as an individual who works in retail and an unbiased enterprise, I don’t get healthcare by way of my job— the Affordable Care Act has been extremely vital to my survival, and that’s one more factor that we’d should say goodbye to very quickly. And that’s additionally very scary.
“Getting socialised healthcare, like each different developed nation on this planet has at this level, it could be an enormous factor for us [to get] inexpensive housing – the place I stay, the price of housing has gone up, simply vastly in my lifetime. I don’t know anybody within the Salt Lake Valley who can stay by themselves except they’re residing in low-income housing, particularly.
“And then just going back to what I mentioned before, I would really, really like to see the human rights that we have fought so hard to have maintained. I would really like to be able to marry my partner someday and both raise a child together legally. I would really like to have access to safe, legal abortion if I need one in the next few years. And I would really like to see qualified immunity end for police officers – it’s something else that we can hope for in our future.”
Do you suppose the election will change something?
“I do consider it’s going to vary so much, however not within the clear, issue-oriented method that you simply may hope for like we’ve been discussing proper right here. I don’t consider that we’re going to see instant change on any of those particular points. What I’m actually fascinated by proper now’s fingers crossed that Biden wins and we don’t get one other 4 years of what now we have now. I can’t even visualise what we might be if that’s what finally ends up occurring.
“But even if that does happen, what really scares me now is the backlash that we see in American culture. We saw it after Obama was elected, and I am one of the folks who believes that that conservative, alt-right backlash is largely what led us to the political state we’re in now. So trying to imagine what that’s going to be – if we do get our best-case scenario – is another one of those things that’s weighing on me heavily right now.”
What is your greatest concern for the US?
“I believe that when once more, I’ve to say it’s getting the coronavirus below management. For these of us who specifically are working class, it is rather exhausting to take motion in different spheres when you find yourself simply making an attempt to outlive.
“All of these wonderful political movements and uprisings and community rallies that are going on across the nation – it’s powerful and surprising considering these circumstances and the risk that people are taking to stand up for these values – it’s amazing. It warms my heart to see us come together like this, but it’s so supremely unfair that we have to fight for these rights that we should already have in this era of – well, it’s not only the sociopolitical issues, but it’s literally that you’re putting your life at risk when you take the time to get out and organize with your community. Whether that’s at a rally … whether you’re working the polls, whether you’re voting yourself, you are putting your life at risk right now to do that. And that’s really commendable and very unfair.”
Is there something we haven’t requested concerning the election that you simply need to share?
“One factor that’s actually fascinating about this election, I believe, is that the millennial technology in numbers has outstripped the boomer technology. And we all know from the earlier presidential election that there’s a very sturdy cultural divide there. For occasion, a really, very excessive proportion of white girls over 50 voted for Donald Trump. You don’t see the identical numbers [with] the millennials.
“And so what I’m really hoping right now is that – you can tell that I’m demoralised, and frustrated and tired by what’s going on – but I’m hoping that we collectively, as a generation, can maintain our momentum and energy through the election, and show up. Because I can’t tell you what it is about us that makes it so hard for us to actually show up and vote. That is a huge issue! And if we can manage to do it, it’ll make a really big difference. We have a lot of power there. I’m so frustrated, but at the same time, it’s not time to get lackadaisical about it. We just need to keep powering forward.”