Let’s get political

One of the amazing things about being 18 and an American citizen is the right to vote! However, this right commonly goes overlooked. In the last election year only 44% of people ages 18-24 voted! You have a responsibility to cast your vote, as it will affect your life, your career, your education, and more. It’s an election year and I encourage all students to vote.

What is keeping you from voting? Do you not know how or where to register? Do you not know who to vote for? I’ve compiled some resources to get you ready for Election Day – November 8, 2016.

Register to vote. You can register to vote at many places, including your campus. Check with your student affairs office to see if there is a voter registration day on your campus. If not, you can also register at a local DMV. Don’t want to travel off campus? That’s not a problem, you can also go to: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote and print off the card and mail it in. Just be sure not to wait until November because it can take up to eight weeks before you get your voter registration card.

Join the party. Now, since you are officially a part of the voting community, it’s time to join a party – Political Party I mean. From your Intro to American Democracy Class freshman year you probably recall charts and graphs pointing you one direction or the other based on very basic views. I recently found a quiz, www.isidewith.com, which allows you to explore various topics and platforms from all the candidates. I encourage everyone to take this quiz, not only to understand what party you align with more closely, but also to educate yourself on what side of key topics each candidate supports.

Get educated. Between now and November 8th, there will be a lot of information to consider regarding the election. You can get this information through newspapers and news websites. Just be sure to check the credibility of your sources before taking it to heart.

Get vocal and be respectful. Sidewalk chalk has already filled the sidewalks of MoState with “Vote for Trump” and “Vote for Sanders,” which seem to be the most prominent figures on our campus. There is also a group on campus dedicated to promoting Bernie Sanders. You can either join a group, create a new one, or just simply voice your views through speech and debate organizations, your school newspapers, or blogs. It’s the first amendment, but also keep in mind to be respectful of opposing views. It’s always interesting to hear others people’s views, and play devil’s advocate with your own views to realize other possibilities.

Did you vote in the last election? Share you experience with the Pearson community! Together we can learn how to positively impact our American government! #AlwaysLearning

Jessica Albright

Jessica Albright

Jessica is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Management. She will be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in December 2016, and is accepted to an accelerated Masters of Business Administration program to complete her MBA the following year. Jessica is member of Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society,  Ad Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Fraternity.