Charlie Moore ’19
In the words of Hillary Clinton, “pokemon go to the polls!” With mid term elections less than a week away, (no, not a presidential election, but one where we elect our representatives, state officeholders, and some senators) it’s time to remind everyone to go vote. In Dr. Jordan’s Government and Politics class, my peers and I go on about the many reasons why nobody goes to vote. Whether its work, kids, or just laziness, voter turnout will be abysmal next week. Looking at a graph of voter turnout rate looks like the jagged edges of a steak knife. When there is a presidential election, turnout is still bad, but it’s much better than that of midterms.
While I, along with many people, can rant about how bad our government is doing all the time, it likely won’t do anything. Therefore, I want to influence Woodberry community members with one call to action—“go vote and get your friends and family to vote too.”
Voting matters because it is one of the easiest and most quantifiable ways in which we can influence our government. In US history, Woodberry students learn about all the people that were disenfranchised and not allowed for vote for decades or even centuries. Today, thankfully, every citizen in America has an equal opportunity to cast their ballot. Historical figures such as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony gave so much of their lives so that the groups of people they represented would have the right of suffrage.
Everyone in our community can do their part in making sure that the Woodberry community votes. If you’re over the age of 18 and not a felon, go vote. If you are not over the age of 18, call your parents and your grandparents, older siblings, cousins, and tell them to go vote. For people living at Woodberry, make your way to the nearest Madison county precinct and fill out your ballot, make the time next Tuesday.
Finally, I want everyone to vote because I can attest to how easy it is. Even though I turned 18 magically in between the deadline to register and election day, I still registered for my absentee ballot. It took me 10 minutes online to give a reason, and I picked up my ballot at the post office. It might cost you 50 cents for some stamps, but I think we can give up two quarters in the name of democracy.
I don’t care who you vote for, but a government can’t possibly represent the people as well as it should when less than 40% of eligible voters even show up. Take the time, research the candidates, discover your own views, and tell others too.
The views expressed in this article do not, in any way, represent the views of the editorial board, our faculty adviser, Mr. Guldin, nor the opinion of The Oracle as a whole.