With the Illinois primaries in full swing, young Chicago voters are making sure they get their vote out there as for some this is their first time experiencing the polling place and being apart of the election process.
Zoe Goulet, a 20-year-old hostess at Bandera, explained how her first experience was easier than she initially anticipated but still somewhat confusing.
“Even though the voting was pretty easy and I enjoyed learning how the ballot worked, I don’t think there was enough staff on hand so there was a lot of confusion as to where to submit ballots, which consequently made me enter it in the wrong machine and I got yelled at by a worker. So that was fun,” said Goulet.
In spite of the confusion some new voters have faced, the knowledge they have gained to become better prepared to vote has seemed to come mostly from the online presence politicians currently hold and the interactions made with others users.
“My age group is all about social media. It’s the young people who are tweeting and posting, not so much the older generation. The young people are getting their voices out there while the older people are stuck behind their television screens yelling at Fox News. They aren’t communicating with the rest of their community,” said Goulet.
With the enhancement of social media in 2016, Millennials have become a major role in the Presidential candidacy and politicians image on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat has become the new normal.
“The Millennials are the ones most likely to be present on social media platforms and I have noticed a lot of presidential candidates and other politicians using it as a way to get their ideas out to the public,” said Hannah Tymosko, student at Columbia College Chicago.
With the heavier use of the online world in this election season there are positive and negative elements that come along with it.
Dante LaVia, a student at Roosevelt University, said, “I believe social media has changed this election a lot because it is a platform that anyone can use to state their opinion. However, I think that online users can easily make statements with no prior research that may not be reliable. Everyone is a journalist nowadays so where is the line? How can one decide what’s true and what’s not?”