In decades past we have heard our elder’s say that students are not educated enough to vote, and when they do vote, they do it for all the wrong reasons.
It’s true, not all students care to vote, but there are those who keep up with how the local, state, and federal government is working for us. We have seen in the last two presidential elections that students have played a role, not a major one but one that has gained attention.
In the 2004 presidential election, Sen. John Kerry, the democratic presidential candidate gained a great deal of support from the young vote, but not enough to win the White House. We saw it again in 2008, when then Sen. Barack Obama worked hard to gain the support of the young vote.
In 2008, he achieved a goal, and won the majority of the student vote ranging from high school to college voters. So it just shows you, that young voters are paying attention to what’s happening in the United States. They are starting to play a major role in the political process, and in 2008 nearly 18 percent turned out to vote.
That number, according to a recent Gallup poll, shows that the young voter turnout for the 2012 election will not increase or decrease with some dissatisfaction between the two political parties. The poll showed that nearly 20 percent plan to vote in the November election.
Students had their voices heard for the first time in the 2008 presidential election, and it doesn’t matter what political party you belong to, just getting out the vote is what students need to do.
The deadline for those wanting to vote in Missouri is soon coming to a close. The deadline is set for Oct. 10, 2012; after that date you won’t be able to vote. The idea isn’t to get you to vote for President Obama or Mitt Romney; it’s for the sole purpose that those who believe students don’t care can be proven wrong.
Students have rallied together in the past to determine decisions that have shocked the country, let’s do it again. Some media stations have even crossed off the student vote and have moved on to other minority groups.
Students have a major role to play, and the issues they face today will affect them in the future — student loan debt, a job market in decline and a lack of leadership from the government. Make the right choice, and get registered.