Young majority of voters can impact the ELECTION
Jessica Guerrucci – Editor-in-Chief
Election day is right around the corner and this may be the first time that some college students are voting in a presidential election. With a push for more young people to vote, students and faculty are now encouraging each other to head to the polls.
With COVID-19 helping young people realize how much politics impact their lives, there’s been a lot of outreach beyond campus and on social media educating people on why they should vote.
Here at the school, a “voter teach-in” was held on Monday, Oct. 26 to help educate students on the volatile history of votingrights and the importance of it. It was a win-win, because students also had the opportunity to register to vote.
Students have also been seen going out and encouraging others to vote off campus, according to an NBC Connecticut article, “College students urging peers to participate in the political process.” Members of both the College Republicans and College Democrats went door to door leaving pamphlets and information concerning voting and candidates
Even for those too young to vote, Andreina Barajas, a Student Government Association Rep-at-Large said in the article that she’ll be out working the polls on election day to fulfill her civic duty.
“That’s honestly the reason I wanted to get involved because I won’t be able to vote but I wanted to still make a positive impact. I’ve been volunteering with poll heroes, so we’ve been registering a lot of young poll workers. We’re trying to get more students involved in politics so they know what’s going on and that they know that they could still make an impact even though they’re not 18 and able to vote,” Barajas told NBC.
According to a CNN poll, when it comes to young voters, 51 percent of registered voters ages 18 to 34 say they are very or extremely enthusiastic to vote in 2020, compared to the 30 percent of registered voters in that same age group who said the same in 2016.
To reach a younger crowd, social media has also gotten involved with a voting facts banner at the top of Instagram and a “Make a Plan to Vote” buttons on Snapchat that guide people through the registration process. This makes it easier than ever to educate people too.
In the classrooms, I’ve had professors asking if everyone is registered and ensuring that they can guide anyone through the process if needed.
Regardless of who anyone is voting for, Donald Trump or Joe Biden, every vote counts, and young voters have the opportunity to make an impact on this election.
So, make sure you head to the polls on Nov. 3 or make sure you get your absentee ballot in so we can all play a part in what will be a historic election and take responsibility for our own futures.