They encouraged voting without taking sides


Stephanie Rivas and Robert Tassy Photo by Carlee Rasner

Two Democrats working For a big turnout

Stephanie Rivas, 26, works for a vice president at the University of Miami. But on Election Day,  she helped encouraged people to vote at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

“It’s important for students to get involved,” said Rivas, who grew up in Miami.  Since she had planned to work at the polling place all day, she voted earlier by absentee ballot for President Barack Obama.

Obama’s support for universal healthcare was one of the main reasons behind Rivas’ vote. Her mother works as a housekeeper and does not have health benefits.

Robert Tassy, 23, who works for the university in the Office of Commencement, teamed up  with Rivas to help get out the vote. “We spend the most on healthcare but have the least life expectancy,” Tassy said. He said he believed that healthcare was an issue that needed to be addressed nationally.  Tassy, also from Miami, voted for Obama. He said he could not relate to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

“I don’t think a CEO of a company should be running the country,” Tassy said. He said he favored President Obama because, in his view, Obama cares about helping the people.  “He’s been through the struggle,” Tassy said.

Although Tassy and Rivas were registered Democrats, their main goal was to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.  Rivas even wore a T-shirt with the phrase “Voters are sexy” printed on the front.

“I voted for Obama,” Rivas said, “but at the end of the day, it’s important just to vote.”

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