Ah, fall. That means pumpkins, ghosts, turkeys, and Election Day. Here are 4 reasons that college students should be voting this season:
It’s your civic duty
Democracy only works if people participate. Although we as citizens do not hold the final say in many political decisions, our votes do count for something, especially during local and state elections.
It’s your moral duty
If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain about politics. Take it upon yourself to help your community and yourself by voicing your opinion. It’ll be much easier to live with yourself if you know you did what you could to help the right people be elected.
You have to live with the results
The results of this election will affect us for years to come. As adults who have to pay taxes and work real jobs, the issues being decided in this election will have real, tangible outcomes that affect us. Saying that you “don’t like to be involved in politics” is not an excuse to not vote.
You have no reason not to!
Being a college student provides us with a privilege that many do not have, easy access to polls. Universities and campus political clubs do all that they can to provide easy access to voter registration and poll locations for their students and the surrounding community. If you have any questions about voting as a student, your university likely has all the information that you might need. Or if you are registered to vote at home, apply for an absentee ballot. Universities may even hold debates or informational sessions about different candidates.
Remember to register, research candidates, and mark November 6th on your calendars!