I have a lot of friends who don’t plan on voting in the coming presidential election, and it really bothers me. I believe that voting is an important part of being a citizen of any democratic country.
In this year’s Associated Students of Linfield College election, only a small percentage of the student population actually voted.
Whether this was due to poor advertising, lack of interest or something else, 22 percent of the student body is not an accurate representation of what the students want or need.
As Americans, we have a great opportunity to make change.
We get to have a say in who runs this country. We have a say in what laws are passed.
You have the opportunity and the right so take advantage of it. There are few other countries that have the privileges and rights that we do, and we should not take it for granted.
One reason that people don’t vote is because they think their voice doesn’t matter. However, it truly does.
Instead of thinking of your single vote as insignificant to the entire country’s population, think of it on a smaller scale. Every single state vote is counted, which determines the electoral vote.
If you think to yourself, “I don’t need to vote because everyone else is going to do it,” what if that’s what other people are thinking too?
Then we end up with only a small percentage of people voting. And like our elections here at Linfield, that doesn’t give a good picture of the school as a whole.
Another thing that keeps a lot of people from voting is that they don’t know anything about the candidates or the issues they are voting on.
Although it’s better to not vote if you’re uneducated, rather than blindly casting a vote, it isn’t hard to learn about the candidates.
To get to know the presidential candidates, I like to read newspapers or watch CNN. It isn’t hard to get familiar with platforms and it makes voting much easier. Most college students get their information from comedians, such as Stephen Colbert or John Stewart.
Entertainment seems to be one of the only ways to spread awareness. Is entertainment more important to our generation than the political issues that our country faces?
If there is something that concerns you, you have to do something about it. If you’re not a part of the solution, then you’re a part of the problem.
Everyone loves to complain, but if you’re going to complain, you have to vote.
Kelsey Sutton/Copy chief
Kelsey Sutton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org