HC students talk politics


On March 20, 2012, Illinois voters will go to the polls to determine which of the candidates for the Republican Presidential Nomination deserves Illinois’ 69 delegates at the Republican National Convention this August in Florida. At the convention, the Republican Party will choose their candidate to face Barack Obama in the general election this fall.

For Robert Scales, senior, this primary will be the first election in which he is eligible to vote.

“Although, unfortunately, youths don’t vote at the rates they should, I feel it’s my civic and moral responsibility to participate in our unique republican government,” Scales said. “For the first time, I feel empowered as an American citizen, and I’m thrilled to exercise my right to vote.”

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul remain in the race for the nomination, though based upon the results of previous primaries this winter, it appears increasingly likely that Mitt Romney will be the nominee. There is no Democratic primary this election year because the incumbent, Barack Obama, is a Democratic president who faces no challenger from within his party.

But Independent and Democratic voters still have the opportunity to participate in the primaries. Illinois has an open primary system that allows voters to vote in one primary each election year. They can choose either the Democratic or Republican primary, regardless of their party affiliation.