Go straight to the polling station in the U.S. election, the voters say this The election day for the 2020 US general election. Tens of millions of voters across the United States are expected to go to the polling stations to vote.
Today, the political and social polarization in the United States is severe.
The Coronavirus pandemic has hit the economy hard, racial issues frequently trigger social conflicts and violent conflicts, and social injustices such as the gap between the rich and the poor are increasing.
These are the focus of voters.
Many media and people are also worried that if there is a dispute in this election, it may cause chaos and even social unrest.
What did American voters say outside the polling station? What are the keywords? Please see the first-line reports sent by Xinhua News Agency reporters from Washington, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and other places
Outside the polling station, whether they support the Republican presidential candidate and the current President Trump, or vote for the Democratic presidential candidate and former
Vice President Biden, many voters in interviews confessed their anxiety about the current situation in the United States-the Coronavirus pandemic is out of control , The recession of the economy, rising ethnic issues, and tensions in foreign relations, all of which are unsatisfactory or disturbing.
Peter Giavoto is an elector in Arlington County, Virginia. He is “nervous” about the election.
He said that the possible controversy and ripple effects of the election result worried him and everyone around him.
At a polling station in Washington, the capital of the United States, Christian Morrow, a white voter engaged in social work
Believed that the atmosphere of this year’s election made him feel pressured, nervous, and sometimes even scared.
Moreau said that he voted for Biden mainly out of concerns about the US pandemic, medical insurance issues and systemic racism.
Chen Zhanming, a 51-year-old Chinese voter who is doing business in San Francisco, California, told reporters that the United States has experienced a very tragic year this year because of the impact of the pandemic.
In three words, he can summarize it as “the people have no livelihood, economic chaos and weird democracy.”
He believes that no matter which candidate wins in the end, American racial discrimination and the social problems caused by it will not be resolved immediately, and demonstrations and riots are likely to continue.
“The current partisan politics in the United States will continue to cause social division, polarization, and fragmentation, which is very offensive.” He said.
This election is generally considered to be one of the most divided elections in the United States so far, and the phenomenon of public opinion and social division has increased significantly.
This was also evident in interviews outside the polling station:
Karen Davis, a white female and Democratic supporter who voted in Washington, told reporters that if Trump is re-elected, she and her husband plan to leave the United States.
In Frederick County, Maryland, more than 70 kilometers away, Republican voter Michael Royce told reporters that if Biden is elected, he will leave the United States.
Andrew, a white guy, called himself a “typical centrist” and described his feelings about this year’s election with “very hard to choose”. He believes that there are people in the camp of supporters of both parties who have very radical views.
He needs to study the policies and propositions of both parties more than in previous years. “Many things will have more and more impact on my life.”
As an independent voter, Jon Taylor, professor of political science and dean of the University of Texas at San Antonio, believes that since 2016, racial conflicts in the United States have become more intense, income inequality has increased, and the government has become more arbitrary on economic and trade issues.
Randy Hudson of Kenosha, Wisconsin, said that this election highlights the serious division of American public opinion.
Neil Leahy, a voter in Frederick County, Maryland, who belongs to the “baby boom generation”, said that this year’s election can be said to be more divided than any time since the American Civil War.
Experts predict that more than 150 million voters will vote in the U.S. election, surpassing the nearly 140 million people in the 2016 election. Among them, due to the pandemic and other factors, most people have participated in mail voting and on-site early voting.
In interviews at polling stations on Election Day, some voters admitted frankly that their worries about the future of the country are one of the main reasons why they have to go out of their homes to vote despite the raging Coronavirus pandemic.
Asian female voters Jenny told reporters after voting in the capital Washington that although she is very worried about contracting the Coronavirus pandemic, this election is related to the future of the United States. “I have to vote in person.”
James, a white voter who studies digital campaigns, hopes that the general election will produce a clear result and that everything will be stable after the election.
Moreau expects that the new US government can effectively respond to Coronavirus pandemic as soon as possible, promote the economy, and help the people tide over the difficulties.