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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

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November 8th.  The day when the nation votes for our next president to lead us through the trials and tribulations of the next four years. Despite their opinions on the issues of late, one of these candidates winds up with a desk in the Oval Office… whether we like it or not. This year however, it appears as though our winner is: run as fast as you can to the safety of Canada.

Emotions are especially high this year when people bring up politics. Voters are either very enthusiastic about the upcoming election, or are going to avoid it like the plague.  Either way, no seems to be happy with what this election has become.  According to BBC News, there is a Facebook page titled “Vote Nobody 2016”, and it has more than 100,000 likes.  John Oliver, a comedic writer famous for his role on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”, now gives a new title for the election every week, like: “The Electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking, so you start puking, and then someone else is puking, and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016.”

In this April 21, 2012, photo the White House, seen from the South Lawn in Washington, during a preview of the White House gardens and grounds prior to the official opening of the Garden Tours to the public. Public tours of the White House are back on the schedule, though on a limited basis, starting in November 2013. The schedule will be reduced from five days a week, to an average of three days a week, starting Nov. 5 and continuing through Jan. 15. The White House scrapped the tours earlier in 2013 after mandatory budget cuts went into effect. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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April 21, 2012, photo of the White House, seen from the South Lawn in Washington, during a preview of the White House gardens and grounds prior to the official opening of the Garden Tours to the public. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

With the election in less than two weeks, people are scrambling to find a candidate that they can trust to efficiently run the White House.  The three main candidates (Trump, Clinton, and Johnson) don’t have the support or the trust to win people over to their respective sides.  Donald Trump’s forthright and aggressive attitude makes people wonder if he has the ‘temperament’ he claims he has, while Hillary Clinton’s sly and distrustful nature make her a questionable choice at best.

The third party candidate, Gary Johnson, lacks experience and general knowledge, especially in the foreign policy field.  It seems like this year would be the year that a third party could win, what with all the undecided voters, but the latest polls show that Johnson only has 6.3% of the vote.  It seems like no matter the circumstances, third party candidates just cannot find the leverage they need in the long run.

“I don’t want the White House to say Trump on the front of it and I don’t want to have to clarify which President Clinton I am talking about,” said senior Kevin Totusek.  He is worried that the outcome of the election, no matter which way it swings, will leave America in a very bad place in the years to come.  Totusek adds jokingly, “Besides, I hear Canada is nice in the winter.”

However, many people may be flocking to the poll booths this November, eager to show their support–or their disapproval–of the candidates. The Star Tribune said that voter turnouts in presidential elections are always high, but this year’s trends “show a nearly twofold increase over the number of absentee ballots cast by this time in the 2012 presidential election.”

A ballot is inserted into a voting machine Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Girdwood, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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A ballot is inserted into a voting machine Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Girdwood, Alaska. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Yet this election might be more about voting against what you despise, more than what you agree with.  Because of the radically different opinions that the candidates hold, people may turn out in droves to make sure that their nominee is the one elected, or if nothing else, that the other one isn’t.

The Washington Post even wrote that this election isn’t so much about voting for what you like as it is voting against something you hate.  They claim that most people don’t so much like their own nominee as they do despise the other party’s.  “Forty-five percent of registered Democrats had a strongly favorable view of Clinton — but 75 percent viewed Trump strongly unfavorably. In contrast, 29 percent of Republicans viewed Trump strongly favorably, but more than 80 percent viewed Clinton very negatively.”

The debated issues are so heated that people have begun to fear what will happen after the outcome is announced. Is the election truly rigged?  What’s the deal with those emails?  What about the alleged ‘rape’ accusations and general misbehavior on both sides?  Why did Obama tell Trump to “stop whining”?

No matter what, election day will come and pass, and we will have a new president running our great nation.  It is up to us to decide who will be in charge for the next four years, and this election makes it seem like your vote will count for more than ever.

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