I know my request will fall on deaf ears and this is somewhat of a lost cause. As of this writing, the United States is a week away from what many are calling the most important Presidential election of our lifetimes. I’m not saying those people are wrong, but they did also say that about the last one. By now, even those most disinterested in politics have had to endure someone insisting they need to exercise their civic duty and vote. According to NPR, 66 million early votes have already been cast, which is almost half of the total votes cast 4 years ago. And, full disclosure, I myself have already voted. So, why would I be encouraging other people not to vote?
By Michael Woo, Anna King, Melaney Jenkins, & Sophia Couto– 1851 Contributors
We, the Lasell Votes Student Ambassadors, are writing in response to The 1851 Chronicle Opinion “Will my vote really matter?”. We understand the sentiment that in today’s political climate it can be difficult to recognize the true impact of voting. However, voting always matters!
The short answer to whether your vote will matter this election is no. For a majority of the national population who reside in states that lean heavily toward a certain political party, the individual vote will have no lasting effect on the outcome of the election.
Anna Sarneso serving at one of many registration drives to spread voter awareness around campus, hosted by Lasell Votes. Photo Courtesy of Adam Hallenbeck.
By Adam Hallenbeck – Sports Editor
When are the primary elections? How do I register to vote? What is an absentee ballot? All of these questions and more are founding pillars to the new campus initiative, Lasell Votes.
Lasell Votes is a nonpartisan initiative working to increase voter engagement, awareness and education both on and off-campus. The goal of this initiative is to help students identify their political voice as a part of who they are and be able to do so in a safe environment.