Constitution Day promotes voting
Bernadotte Sufka – Features & Opinions Editor
Time has started racing faster towards the presidential election. Voting has been a popular topic among college students as the election is less than a month away.
Presidential elections have always been competitive and spreads its energy towards voters from both parties. Ever since COVID-19 regulations have been set in place, the option to place your vote can be done through mail, absentee ballot, or in-person at the correct polling place.
With the election between Trump and Biden approaching, students on campus can register to vote on-campus. Constitution Day was Sept. 17 and the SAGE Center planned an event where students can register to vote and pick up a small Constitution booklet.
“This year’s election is especially important for young people in general to cast their vote,” said History major and SAGE Center member, Sarah Gossman, a junior. “I find ballot voting to be a different approach to get people to go out and vote. With the presence of social media, I feel everybody has been in intense arguments about the election and just party affiliations. I think conversations about it are definitely useful. It’s good to have that open dialogue.”
As more resources are developed amid COVID-19, people can get increased accessibility when voting.
“As a college student I feel tense about this year’s election. To elaborate it’s a very hateful election especially for being at Southern which is a very wliberal school,” said Physics major Dylan Guilmette, a sophomore.
“Tense” is not the only way to describe the election, according to Guilmette.
“More like one sided, since everyone that I have talked to on campus seems to be very influenced by the people who have the loudest voices rather than what is true, and when confronted with the truth they become agitated. I find it best to avoid politics all together,” he said.
The course of this election has taken an energetic and tense pathway among the country. It has been all over the media and can be seen as repetitive almost through advertisements, sponsors, and Internet platforms.
“Because I’m registered as independent, I don’t really have a preference who wins. To be honest, I don’t really like either candidate, so I don’t have high hopes for this election or for the aftermath,” said communications major Chris Rosales, a senior.
With Southern stepping in to encourage students to register and vote, it has become a part of the community to encourage students to participate in at a comfortable pace, but the actual voting is up to the students, themselves.
“I think a lot of people don’t understand to the fullest extent about with is really going on. I think a lot of people are close minded and only see what they want to see,” said Guilmette.
In efforts to encourage students to vote, tables have been set up outside at the academic quad, flyers have been hung up, and discussion is promoted.