Tuesday, November 6 is election day!
As college students, our generation is the future. We are all future leaders, citizens, business owners, entrepreneurs, and more. It may not seem like it, but every decision and policy made by government officials now will affect each and every one of us later on. Having a voice in political matters is such an important part of our society, and something we often take for granted. I know that this year is not a presidential election, so it may not seem that important to vote, but it still is! There is so much more to government than just the president, and if we don’t vote, we don’t have a say in what happens to the country we live in going into the future.
Voting is a fairly simple and not time consuming process. If you’re local and registered to vote in this area, just head to your local polling place, listed on your voter registration card, and cast your vote. Even if you aren’t local, there’s an easy application online to get an absentee ballot, which is mailed right to you, quick to fill out, and simple to send back. (The application can be found at: https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf)
Before you vote, it’s important to find out who is on the ballot. A lot of the time, candidates running for more local elections or less publicized positions don’t have as much campaigning as bigger elections do, so it’s hard to know who’s running or what they stand for. There are many resources available to us in this digital age which can help prepare us for filling out that ballot. Websites such as “Ballotpedia” will create a sample ballot based on your registered address, and you can click on any candidate’s name to learn more about them, their policies, and their mission.
If we don’t vote, we don’t have any control or any say over the future, which will affect us more than the older generations who do vote. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal, something else, or somewhere in between; it does matter that you’re heard. So get out there and vote!