11 californians on why they're voting for trump, clinton, stein, or not at all

Grace Pickering captures the real faces of this election.

by i-D Staff
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Sep 27 2016, 6:10pm

Name: Dana Campagna
Age: 42
Occupation: pediatric neuropsych extern, Ph.D. candidate, clinical psychology
Political party: Democratic
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Yes, Hillary Clinton.
What policies would you like to see change?
I've been largely a fan of the Obama administration and I see a Hillary presidency as capitalizing on much of what they have done, and taking things further. I would like to see the TPP change in stronger favor of American jobs, which Hillary supports; continued expansion of the ACA to include more addiction treatment, mental health and increased elder care. I'd like to see comprehensive immigration include all DREAMers and a legal path to citizenship; automatic voter registration at age 18; decreases in the over- criminalization of minor offenses; increases in education spending (to include preschool and afterschool); a re-litigation of Citizen's United. There's a lot more too but basically I follow the major tenets of the Democratic Party Platform.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
Immigrants and undocumented residents; lower-to-middle class families who rely on the ACA; public schools; anyone with student and/or healthcare debt; active military and veterans; anyone subsisting on our meager, insufficient minimum wage.
Who's going to win?
Hillary! That's my positive affirmation.
Who would be your dream candidate?
The Democratic Voltron I'd love to see would be comprised of the following (in no particular order): Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Howard Dean, Michelle Obama, okay Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris... and the late Bobby Kennedy. And Gandhi, and Eleanor Roosevelt. And the Dalai Lama. I was a Dukakis fan too. Please tell me to stop.

Name: Tyler
Age: 24
Occupation: artist/ creative wizard/ idea person
Political party: Democratic, I'd say
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Yeah, I'll be voting. This is a bit of a loaded question for me because I was rooting for Bernie Sanders, but I've been delving pretty deeply into researching our options (specifically Jill Stein and Hillary Clinton), so probably one of them.
What policies would you like to see change?
I think the most important policy changes will be the ones that work toward ensuring that we are all equally protected under law and that people have access to their basic human rights as well as the same opportunities, despite social status.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
Marginalized communities -- which experience social exclusion on a large scale both here and abroad -- will definitely feel the brunt of our collective decision-making, even if we do choose "the best" option.
Who's going to win?
Hillary Clinton, probably.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
No issue exists in a vacuum so I'd say a swirling stew of environmental degradation, abuse of power in government/ big business/ law enforcement, gun control/ the lack thereof, and institutional racism.
Who would be your dream candidate?
Sade. Sade for president 100%.

Name: Francesco Vincent DeSantis
Age: 19
Occupation: student/activist
Political party: Democratic
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
I am voting for Hillary Clinton. I'm not voting for her reluctantly or any of that bullshit. I am voting for her to be the President of the United States. And for Donald Trump not to be.
What policies would you like to see change?
Too many to name. Ending Mass Incarceration. Ending the Drug War. Ensuring access to easy voting. Protecting the right to safe and legal abortion.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
If Hillary wins, the people at the very top will feel a slight pinch, and the people at the very bottom will see some modest improvement. If Trump wins, the plight of Hispanic or Muslim Americans domestically may pale in comparison to the havoc he could wreak with conventional and economic acts of aggression, to say nothing of nuclear weapons.
Who's going to win?
If enough people my age show up to vote, Hillary Clinton.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
Upholding the principle of one person, one vote now that the Voting Rights Act has been gutted. Voter suppression sickens me to my core, and it is running rampant. I - like Hillary Clinton - am an institutionalist, but institutions only work if people can and do participate in them.
Who would be your dream candidate?
Kamala D. Harris. She will be the Senator from California in November (knock on wood) and from there I truly believe there's no glass ceiling she can't break. She represents a new wave of Democratic politicians who reflect the new Democratic Party both in ideology and identity.

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Name: Ivan Leschev
Age: 19
Occupation: I work at a smoke shop.
Political party: Democrat
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Sadly, I am because I feel like every vote does count, but I will not be voting for either Hillary or Trump.
What policies would you like to see change?
Honestly, the legalization of marijuana is one which should already have been changed. The whole thing of it not being legalized in the first place is about taxation and other commodities which I just find very greedy of the government. Also health care needs to be changed dramatically, I don't know a lot about it but I know the system needs to be changed. These are my two main concerns.
Who's going to win?
Wow, I don't know! I feel like Trump is doing this for publicity and is just going to drop out at the very end so I feel like Hillary has a very good chance.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
Americans are ignorant of everything around them and that's a very big issue because if you look at news from different countries such as France for example they show news from all over the world and it's unbiased with little to no propaganda.
Who would be your dream candidate?Someone who can actually pass a high school test first of all! I feel like that should be a requirement. Someone smart, someone kind, someone with a good soul but also with an aggressive attitude, someone humble and who is willing to make changes that have a positive impact on the people and not just themselves and their own which I hard to find especially with politicians being greedy and materialistic about their lives.

Name: John Carlos Molina
Age: 22
Occupation: steward/busser
Political party: Democrat
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
No.
What policies would you like to see change?
Equal rights for everyone/ marijuana legalization.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
Hispanics/Latinos and African Americans.
Who's going to win?
Hillary Clinton.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
Unequal human rights.
Who would be your dream candidate?
In my opinion, I think one person should not have that amount of power. Americans should have a voice in our country's decisions.

Name: Kaitlin Magowan (left)
Age: 24 years old
Occupation: Actor/embroiderer/bar staff
Political Party: Democrat
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
I am. I voted for Bernie in the California Primary, I will be voting for Hillary in November.
What policies would you like to see change?
An implemented single-payer healthcare system, stricter gun laws, police accountability reform, a raise in the minimum wage, the list goes on.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
Specifically any and all marginalized groups of people have a lot at stake here. People of color, immigrants, refugees, women, the LGBTQ+ community, Muslims, physically/mentally ill persons, people of a low socioeconomic status- basically anyone who isn't an absurdly wealthy Christian heterosexual cisgendered white male.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
We live in a world where it's apparently fathomable for a xenophobic, racist, misogynist, piece of garbage human to captivate the hearts of probably half of America, so that's a pretty big fucking issue in and of itself. That and the fish are all going to be dead in 2048-I share this same sentiment with my partner.
Who would be your dream candidate?
Dolly Parton.

Name: Don Pablo Pedro (right)
Age: 30
Occupation: painter
Political party: none
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
No, I am not voting. I believe the Reptilian overlords have already decided who will win so my vote will not count.
What policies would you like to see change?
The war on drugs.
Who's going to win?
The Reptilians.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
The fish will all be gone by 2048!

Name: Lois Seder
Age: 84
Occupation: Retired
Political party: I've always been a registered independent, however this became confused in the state of California recently whilst voting in the primaries so as of this year I am a registered Democrat. I voted on the Republican side actually for Eisenhower way back when and I did vote for Reagan once, I don't remember why exactly but he wasn't bad. They all have something wrong with them really, they're only human.
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Yes, I will be voting for Hillary Clinton and Kaine, that ticket.
What policies would you like to see change?
More healthcare for more people at a reasonable price, it's being done in other countries and it can certainly be done here. Less money spent on war and guns and maybe staying home a little better rather than going all over the world fighting other people's wars for them that go on forever and ever. I'd like to see that stop. Gun control is a must. I'm really looking forward to a change on the Supreme Court and I'm just hoping that Mrs. Clinton is elected so we can be sure that we have a Democrat and a different balance.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
If by any chance the Republicans get in it will affect women, children, minorities and the poor. Education will suffer adversely. With this election there has to be a Democratic congress as well as a Democratic president, if we have a congress of extreme right Republicans it won't work. It's kind of scary.

Name: Ruman Kazi
Age: I'm not going to say because I'm an actor.
Occupation: actor
Political party: Independent
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Yes, I am reluctantly voting for Hillary Clinton. I don't like her, it's not at all a sexism thing which a lot of people accuse you of if you say you don't like Hillary, which is not the case for me. I'm Pakistani and we've had a female prime minister twice. Most Muslim countries have had pretty strong representation from women in our elected governments which makes the whole "oppression of women" thing a little ridiculous to me personally. This will be the first time I've ever voted for the lesser of two evils and the first time I've ever had to boil it down to a single issue vote and it's essentially the empowerment of bigotry. If Donald Trump wins we've essentially given carte blanche to general obnoxious hatred and that makes life more dangerous, not just for Muslims but for any non-white non-straight person.
What is the most important issue facing Americans today?
We really need to get off of our high horse. We don't consider the rest of the world anything other than people we buy shit or sell shit to. This global imperialism mindset is still here. Maybe it comes down to our education system here. Our prisons need to be totally revamped, privatized prison is an awful thing. I don't even want to know how low we are on literacy and things like that! We need to relinquish this moral authority we think we have over the rest of the world when very immoral things happen by our government to our people, by our people to our people, etc.
Who would be your dream candidate?
I don't think there is one because I think the system is so flawed. The dream candidate is the one who will get money out of politics but I don't think they exist because I don't think they're allowed to rise the ranks as much as they do unless they're willing to play ball. Bernie Sanders included, sorry everybody! I loved him and I was hoping he would make it. I think it would take somebody outside of politics, I agree with the Trump supporters about that...Zack De La Rocha, maybe?

Name: Steffan Perrine
Age: 28
Occupation: operations manager
Political party: My mother was a Liberal and my father was a Republican so worst of both worlds...
Are you voting in the upcoming general election? If so who for?
Yes, I am going to vote. The last election I was fighting overseas and the one before that it was either finish a term paper or not which I know is terrible and selfish! For me it comes down to two things, Trump is crazy but Hillary is a war criminal and you can always take a pill for crazy. A friend of mine who's still serving put it like this, if you were overseas and something bad happened and you really needed help, who would you rather pick up the phone? The person who has a history of not sending aid or the guy who is batshit insane and will send everything, start a war but save your life. So I guess for personal reasons I have to vote for Donald Trump.
What policies would you like to see change?
Welfare: I think France has a good model for this whereby when you're on welfare you actually have to do tasks such as going to pick up trash or other tasks that give back. Immigration: I'm all for people coming to America but there needs to be proper vetting. I hope that the whole Homeland Security thing will be figured out soon. I don't think constitutional rights should be handled by individual states, I'd like to see that handled by federal.
Who do you think will be affected by the result of the election the most?
If Trump wins I would say people who were not born in America but live here. If Hillary wins I would say the military, police force etc. Either way America is going to be affected largely by whoever wins. Trump is crazy and I think a lot of people will take issue with voting for a woman so it's difficult.
Who would be your dream candidate?
Someone who has a lot of charisma and doesn't alienate people, I'd like to see a dreamer lead the country one day. I actually liked Bernie Sanders a lot and agreed with a lot of his views but I think he wasn't equipped. Choosing between Hilary and Trump feels like choosing between Bud Light and Miller Light. You're hoping one is going to be at least a little bit better but it's really the same thing, they both have some terrible things going on with them. I just hope whoever is elected turns out to be a great president for our country

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