The College Vote

The Necessity of the College Vote


With the tendency of both national parties to practice partisan politics, with each side demonizing the other, it is of no wonder people hesitate to vote. In a country where it seems as though all political decisions are bought and sold to the highest bidder, and big money interests are in charge of the national agenda, it is understandable that people feel jaded when it’s election time. This is true for the average American, and is especially true for college students.

As a voting bloc, young adults (18-29) make up 24% of eligible voters, a sizable amount, but they constantly lag behind other age groups when it comes to actually voting. Even with the increase in youth voting during the 2008 presidential election, the vote of the 18-29 age group was only 50%, compared to 66% for those 30 and over.  It is in this respect that politicians often ignore the youth vote, and concentrate their efforts toward appeasing and winning other groups.

Many people feel that their vote doesn’t matter. This is a false assumption. During the election of 2000,  in the state of Florida, the entire election was decided by only 537 votes out of a total of almost 6 million cast. If only a few more votes had been cast for the Democrats then the whole election, and recent history, might have been vastly different.

There some momentous issues facing America in the near future. From foreign relations with countries such as Iran and North Korea, and our crushing foreign debt with China, to domestic issues and unemployment, this election will set the direction of the country for years to come. These issues are of extreme importance to the college student. We will be the ones who will have to find answers to these difficult problems.

It is often a fact that neither candidate is an appealing option, and both seem to offer different flavors of the same Kool-Aid, but you can still show a vote of no confidence in either party by voting for a third party candidate, or even writing in the name of your own candidate. As the saying goes, “If you don’t vote, then you don’t have the right to complain”.

If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, the absentee voting laws, or where to vote in West Virginia, please contact the WV Sec. of State website at for more information.  Remember that the deadline to register to vote in this state is Oct. 16, with the  general election happening on Tuesday, Nov. 6. so please go and exercise your right to cast your vote for whomever you choose.

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