High school serves as polling location during historic election

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Graphic by Maddie Nagler

Maddie Nagler, Sports Writing Editor

Even though most students did not come to school this Tuesday, Nov. 8, and were able to enjoy the day off from school, many other Massachusetts citizens arrived at the Schluntz Gymnasium to vote.

When asked which ballot question voters were most indecisive about, most mentioned question four, which asked voters to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana for recreational use. This question passed, with approximately 54% of Massachusetts citizens voting to legalize.

One voter said, “I have a friend who uses it for medical purposes, and it is really helpful for her, but I am afraid of what effects it may have if it is legal for everyone.”

This voter was not alone in having a somewhat cautious perspective. A second voter questioned how the state would be able to regulate marijuana.

“There is not breathalyzer equivalent, so there is a whole issue of driving high, yet I think legalization will help decrease the black market,” the second voter said.

Additionally, many voters were unsure about how to vote on question two, which discussed whether or not 12 new charter schools per year should be funded in Massachusetts. This proposition failed, with 62% of voters choosing the “no” option.

“I feel like I was not educated enough on the issue to make an informed decision,” a third voter said.

However, the majority of people who exited the polls at the high school said that the one question they were decisive about was who they thought should be president of the United States. Although Hillary Clinton won the state of Massachusetts, Donald Trump won the nationwide election.

Although many shared confidence in their vote for president, there were various opinions as to which issue concerning the presidency was most urgent.

Spanish teacher Lindsay Davis said that racism, including how we will discuss it and addressing that it exists, is the most pressing issue of the election.

Other voters commented that the United States’s relations with other foreign nations is most critical, because the country is on the brink of war.

Regardless of varying political beliefs, thousands of Brookline voters completed their civic duties as American citizens yesterday.