The State of the Election

Maryland hosts a closed primary, meaning you can only vote within the party with which you have previously registered. (Photos courtesy of GOP.org, Democrats.org)

Anyone who knows me knows that I love one thing above all else—the United States of America. This country is unique and strong, and I am truly blessed that I was born here.

Due to my love of America, I developed a love of U.S. history, which evolved into a love of U.S. government and politics. This upcoming election will be my first presidential election in which I am privileged to vote.

As the early stages of the presidential race began, I spent hours reading news stories, watching debates, doing research and receiving constant updates.

Maryland hosts a closed primary, meaning you can only vote within the party with which you have previously registered. (Photos courtesy of GOP.org, Democrats.org)

Maryland hosts a closed primary, meaning you can only vote within the party with which you have previously registered. (Photos courtesy of GOP.org, Democrats.org)

The candidates rose and so did my hopes for the country’s future.

At first, there were an overwhelming number of candidates. Everyone knew that I loved politics, and friends and family members would constantly ask me, “Whom do you support?”   I had a hard time answering due to the volume of choices, but I was able to give my top few.

The presidential race continued, and as it did, my hopes and dreams for our future leader faded. Candidates whom I thought would be strong and effective leaders were pushed off the stage by the media storms of the more “popular” figures.

Now when those same people ask me whom it is that I support, I have an even harder time answering,  because I cannot fully stand behind any of the candidates who are left.

I am incredibly disappointed with how this election has progressed. Where I used to light up at the mention of the 2016 election, now when it is mentioned, I just feel deflated.

As the Maryland primary approaches next week, I hope everyone makes an effort to go to the polls, even if you feel disappointed by the candidates. Every opinion counts.

The State of Maryland hosts a closed election, meaning that you can only vote for the candidates in the party with which you have previously registered. Click here to find your local voting location.

Get informed and make the best decision you possibly can, as this person has a good chance of being the next mediocre leader of our great nation.

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