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Eileen DeGuire

Eileen DeGuire
Year
First Year
Major
Global & International Studies
Hometown
Whitefish Bay, WI

“I look forward to voting for the first time in November 2020. Unfortunately, many people won’t get their say. According to the Washington Post, in the 2016 presidential election, only 56% of those who were eligible voted. Young people showed up even less: only 46% of those 18-29 voted, which is 12-24% lower than any other age group (US Census). These numbers stay low because of apathy, being uninformed, challenging logistics, feeling like it won’t make a difference, and voter suppression … At Loyola, with the presidential election soon after I arrive on campus, I plan to volunteer with campus organizations helping students learn about absentee voting and candidates. Going forward, I see many on-campus opportunities with the Political Science department, core classes, student organizations, and student media like WLUW 88.7 and the Phoenix. I also hope to engage with community organizations to help register and inform potential voters. The Washington Post reminds us that “democracy dies in darkness”. I hope to bring light and promote civic engagement and being a better citizen through voting, important Catholic and American values that are critical to our democracy.”