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Chapter 6: Jay (65) CONNECTICUT Here, There, Everywhere -- Americans Report to the Ballot Box

Chapter 6: Jay (65) CONNECTICUT Here, There, Everywhere -- Americans Report to the Ballot Box

by Mallory King -
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Our next interviewee is Jay, a 65 year old caucasian male originally from Rhode Island, currently living in Connecticut. Jay identifies as a Roman Catholic and after completing high school Jay worked in the sporting goods industry and retail before retiring in 2019.  

Q: Did you vote in the 2016 presidential election? If so what was your experience like?

JAY: Yes. I drove to designated polling/voting location, passed through voting registration, then filled out a computerized voting form at one of the individual private voting tables. I then proceeded to a voting machine and fed my completed voting form into the machine that then tabulates the counts as the form is fed into it.


Q: Have you registered to vote? If so, what was the process like?

JAY: Yes. When I registered a number of years ago, all I did was fill out a “Voter Registration Form”, bring it to my city clerk’s office with a state issued ID card (usually your driver’s license) and then I was registered. In turn, they contact your previous voting city/town to take you off that city/town’s voting registration list.


Q: Do you discuss politics with friends/family/classmates/co-workers/…? Why (not)? How?

JAY: Sometimes with other willing parties. However, there are factions that “only their opinion counts, so it’s their way or the highway!” Those folks are not worthy of an adult conversation.

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Jay with his dog Jacoby

Q:Will you vote in the upcoming election? How? 

JAY: Yes, I will go to the polls and vote in-person. Of course, using safe practices associated with COVID 19 wearing a mask, not shaking hands, using anti-bacterial solutions and safe distancing.


Q:  What is important to you when selecting a presidential candidate? Why is this important to you?

JAY: Not being on the financial take or getting political favors from special interest groups


Q: How do you feel about the current state of politics in the U.S?

JAY: Most are afraid to publically state their voting intentions because of peer pressure of those who believe it’s their way or the highway


Q: What campaign issue(s) is do you feel strongly about? Why? 

JAY: Law and order, economy, creating jobs, peaceful discussions and peaceful  agreements globally 


Q:  Which media do you use to inform yourself about the election?

JAY: I watch local and national news casts on TV.


Q:  How do you feel about the news coverage of the U.S. elections?

JAY: National Newscast coverage of national politics is biased at best against the President, whereas local news coverage appears to be neutral.


Q: Does this information vary in your region? 

JAY: News does not vary within our region. However, local coverage does not appear to favor one candidate over the other.


Q:  What do you feel foreigners don’t understand about the U.S. election? 

JAY: The biased reporting of American news media and their reporters


Q: Have you followed the presidential race from abroad? How does that differ from your previous experiences in the U.S.?

JAY: I have not had the opportunity to follow the U.S. Presidential Election from abroad. So I do not have any idea.


Q:  What would you recommend a German student analyze in your state?

JAY: How the larger cities in Connecticut, namely: Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and Bridgeport remain heavily committed to the Democratic Party. Those living in the inner-cities will vote for whoever runs as a Democratic candidate. It could be a convicted criminal; a rapist; or a cartoon character like Mickey Mouse. The voters in those cities hardly consider the capability or integrity of the candidate when voting.