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Election Aftermath

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The 2012 election — the political ads, the Facebook rants, the female-filled binders — is over! It’s really over! A few days after Obama’s victory speech, SAIC students weigh in on the results.

Jose Jimenez. Photos by Chris Johnson.

Hell yeah, [I voted]! [It will be] better than if Romney would have won, because he didn’t support much of what I do. He would have cut off Big Bird [laughs], which is not really nice — I grew up on that. This is the first time I’ve ever voted in 22 years, so that was pretty fun. I came from the Dominican Republic and couldn’t vote because I was too young, I came here and couldn’t vote because I was here, and then I became a citizen and couldn’t vote, because the four years weren’t done, so I’m pretty happy that I voted for Obama.
-Jose Jimenez. BFA
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Megan Isaacs.

I’m ecstatic [about the election results]. I’m super happy that Obama won, and I think that it’s going to affect the rest of my life. His choices, especially within the Supreme Court justices that he will choose within the next couple of years, are going to make huge impact on a lot of women’s rights issues and future environmental issues that I’m really passionate about. Those three supreme court justices that he’ll choose are in there for the rest of his life, so they’re going to be making laws that affect my entire life.
-Megan Isaacs, BFA

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Carrie Heckel.

I was not surprised that Obama won, but the other election results were surprising to me. I did not think that the issue of gay marriage was going to come out so positively in four states, and I didn’t think the legalization of marijuana was going to happen. My brother lives in Colorado so that was kind of funny [laughs]. I was nervous, because everyone had been saying how close this election was going to be, and I feel like there were a lot more progressive, liberal outcomes than I was expecting. Now that Obama doesn’t have to worry about being reelected, I think a lot of what he really wants to do is going to come out in the next few years.
-Carrie Heckel, BFA

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Kekeli Sumah.

I’m from Ghana. I had a casual interest in [the election here]. I don’t think the results will affect me directly, or even immediately. I feel like a lot of the policies are aimed at domestic issues — things with the economy, jobs, and stuff like that. I watched the debates on foreign policy, and I feel like both candidates seemed to be advocating similar platforms. Things will probably stay the same in terms of how the U.S. engages with foreign countries.
-Kekeli Sumah, BFA

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Sarah Robinson.

[The election results] are going to keep things the same as they’ve been for the past four years I think, but moving forward more. Not the drastic change we would have had if Romney had won. I had an absentee ballot from New Hampshire. I’m from New Hampshire, so I made sure I was still voting even though I was here.
-Sarah Robinson, BFA

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Parker Bright.

I did not vote, because I didn’t feel like I was informed on the issues. It was also because I feel like the elections are becoming more of a personality contest, where other candidates don’t even really get the chance to express their views because they’re not put on news stations like CNN or Fox, which I think is really unfortunate. I don’t feel like just because people spend so much time to get the right to vote that it’s my responsibility to do it. I feel like it’s my own right to vote.
-Parker Bright, BFA

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