Right-leaning student foregoes Trump, chooses write-in candidate

Cassi Pollock

Editor’s note: This is the third profile of a series The Daily Texan is publishing during the 2016 election season, featuring a wide variety of student political perspectives. Beginning with the first day of early voting, Oct. 24, the series will run up until Election Day, Nov. 8.

Allison Peregory, a consistently conservative voter who cast her ballot for Mitt Romney in 2012, is foregoing her vote for this year’s Republican presidential nominee.

Peregory, a government senior and communications director for the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas, said Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — the two main party presidential nominees this year — lack “the moral minimum” to be commander-in-chief.

“Trump is kind of like a label on the Republican Party that confirms all the nasty stereotypes Republicans have that I don’t subscribe to,” Peregory said, adding that Trump failed to champion the values she has. “It’s easy for the opposition to label Trump as a sexist, and I really don’t see the Republican Party as a sexist organization.”

Clinton, Peregory said, isn’t a viable option for her either.

“I’m not voting for Clinton,” Peregory said. “I wouldn’t ever be able to vote for her.”

The thought process behind Peregory’s solution — completely separate from the organization she represents — is to write in a candidate for president.

“It’s going to be a game day decision, to be totally honest,” Peregory said, adding that former CIA officer Evan McMullin, an independent candidate in the race for the White House, was a possible option.

And while Peregory won’t vote for Trump or Clinton, she plans to continue what she started in 2012 by voting for Republicans down the ballot.

“Even though it’s more of a reality TV show to me, [this election] has drawn some attention,” Peregory said, adding that results on Election Day, Nov. 8, will be closer than most argue it will be. “I want to tell my kids 20 years from now that I voted for someone I believed in and that I didn’t just go along with party politics.”