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Being a Bobcat should include voting

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Texas State should devote more resources to informing students on voting.

America, and Texas specifically, has a real voting problem. For a place that prides itself on democracy and freedom, we really suck at voting.

People think their votes do not matter and it only fails to matter because they refuse to vote—circular logic at its best. One way to combat this would be for the university to promote voting using its vast amount of resources.

Only recently has the university included voter registration cards with all the other papers students throw away from orientation. However, more can be done than simply giving people a card.

For instance, during orientation, students attend little seminars regarding alcohol and sex education, which the university should definitely keep doing. But orientation should also include a class on voter information, because a large portion of students will be first-time voters.

The College Democrats at Texas State, which I am a part of, are usually all around campus registering people to vote and informing them of voting booths. People often think they have to go home to vote. This is simply not the case. You can register wherever you currently reside, but students do not know this.

One way for the university to promote voting is through the email service to notify students about the various registration deadlines and when early voting is available on campus.

Furthermore, dorms can utilize their bulletin boards to inform students on voting specific questions. They can also include some candidate information.

Voting is looked at as this obscure action, which doesn’t matter. It should be viewed as a normal thing. My ideal America consists of people who are like, “Oh, it’s November. Time for me to take 30 minutes out of my life and go vote.”

If students don’t vote in their first election, the likelihood of them voting again goes down drastically. Most first-year students who go to college will experience their first election and a possible solution to counteract voter apathy is to start a tradition of voting.

We should make it commonplace for students to vote every year, especially when they attend Texas State.

If the university doesn’t promote voting, maybe Student Government could. It could enact some useful legislation for once and create programs to help inform students on the importance of voting.

Progressive student organizations seem to be the only groups on campus that actively try and get students out to vote, which should not be the case. Until our wonderful state government makes voting something other than a chore, Texas State should try its hardest to promote voting and civic engagement. Even a simple link to voting information on the university website would help.

Universities are supposed to prepare us for the real world, and part of that should include voting.

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  1. While I agree that voting is an important civic duty, I would also have to say that an ill-informed vote is worse than no vote at all. The emphasis should not be on encouraging students to vote, but rather on understanding the issues and what the candidates will actually do to solve the issues at hand if they are elected for their position, so that way we aren’t generating a larger populate of voters who will vote for someone simply because they have better name recognition, but rather because they understand the candidate’s positions on the issues and hand and feel like they are the best qualified candidate to handle such issues.

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