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  1. Alix Hines, senior at Virginia Commonwealth University on what issues in this election are most important to her: 

    "I’m concerned with humanitarian endeavors and I feel like the candidates don’t really focus on that very often, and I would really like them to focus on that."

    Hines and 14 other VCU students are participating in a special class this semester through the university’s Honors College and the School of Mass Communications, where students are following the state’s senatorial race as well as the presidential election on campus. The group has also begun efforts to register any last-minute voters on campus. VCU Votes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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  2. Allison Kruschke, junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on what issues in this election are most important to her: 
“I’ve narrowed it down to two major issues. The first being healthcare because it is so far-reaching. It affects many different kinds of people, from young people on their parents’ insurance to elderly people benefiting from Medicare. We’re on the cusp of very big changes in that area right now. The second most important issue to me this election is marriage equality. The president coming out in favor of it was a very big step forward. Clearly there were political motivations behind that announcement, but that doesn’t change how historic it was or how much it means to people.” 

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    Allison Kruschke, junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on what issues in this election are most important to her: 

    “I’ve narrowed it down to two major issues. The first being healthcare because it is so far-reaching. It affects many different kinds of people, from young people on their parents’ insurance to elderly people benefiting from Medicare. We’re on the cusp of very big changes in that area right now. The second most important issue to me this election is marriage equality. The president coming out in favor of it was a very big step forward. Clearly there were political motivations behind that announcement, but that doesn’t change how historic it was or how much it means to people.” 


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  3. "The issue that is most important to me going into the election is women’s rights because I believe in Planned Parenthood." 
— Melanie Hawthorne, junior at the University of New Hampshire 
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    "The issue that is most important to me going into the election is women’s rights because I believe in Planned Parenthood."

    — Melanie Hawthorne, junior at the University of New Hampshire 

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  4. "It’s all about my right to be able to choose what I can and cannot do with my body. It’s important because I absolutely have the right to chose any option regarding my reproductive rights." 
- Teejay Secatero, a nursing student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., on the most important issues of this election.
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    "It’s all about my right to be able to choose what I can and cannot do with my body. It’s important because I absolutely have the right to chose any option regarding my reproductive rights." 

    - Teejay Secatero, a nursing student at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., on the most important issues of this election.

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  5. From Rosie, a student at the University of Iowa:

    "My biggest issue with this election is… who gets welfare. People use money for the wrong things…"

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  6. State Press reporter Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza asked Arizona State University students what issues mattered most this election season.

    "The issue I’m most concerned about is the job market when I graduate. I feel worries I’m not going to be able to finda  job when I get out of college. It seems harder and more competitive. Both candidates are worried about this, but I don’t necessarily understand how they’re going to go about it."

    - Anthony Gomez, senior

    "It’s more like a combination of issues I’m worries about; things like the economy, the deficit, personal freedom. The nominees don’t address them very well, but I think a third party does."

    - Logan Spencer, senior

    "Lately I’ve been worried about public radio and TV. I don’t think without them, information would be available to underprivileged families. I think it’s a really good resource for people."

    - Ross Engbritson, freshman

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  7. “The most important issue for me this election is very easily the size of the national debt. With the credit rating drop for the first time in history and with the debt at record heights, we’re endangering our future.” 
— Rob Gebelhoff, sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on the most important issues of this election for him.
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    “The most important issue for me this election is very easily the size of the national debt. With the credit rating drop for the first time in history and with the debt at record heights, we’re endangering our future.” 

    — Rob Gebelhoff, sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on the most important issues of this election for him.

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    See what the candidates are saying about their plans to fix the economy and lower the national debt here

  8. "If there’s a way to cut down the costs on spending but still have financial aid, that’d be perfect for me. But so far I think Obama’s approach is more favorable for me."

    — Harrison Sun, junior chemistry major at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond

    Sun and 14 other VCU students are participating in a special class this semester through the university’s Honors College and the School of Mass Communications. Students are following the state’s high-profile Senate race between George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D), as well as the presidential election. The group has also begun efforts to register any last-minute voters on campus. VCU Votes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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  9. "The issue that matters most to me as I get ready to vote is funding for higher education." 
— Anthony D’Amico, senior, University of New Hampshire
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    "The issue that matters most to me as I get ready to vote is funding for higher education."

    — Anthony D’Amico, senior, University of New Hampshire

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    You can also read up on the candidates positions and endorse their statements using the Washington Post’s Issue Engine and more by topic area here: 

    Health Care | Foreign Policy | Economy | Immigration | Energy | Education

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  10. The economy is the most important issue to me because we are the world’s superpower and as such, we should have stability. Economic stability, as a future paramedic, is especially important to myself and people in my field for retirement. Right now there are a lot of people in my field losing their pensions because the economy is so bad and that is something that I cannot afford to lose.”

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    Solon Nodal, student at the Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, N.M. 

    What are Obama and Romney saying they would do about the economy? Check out our Issues Week coverage here

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