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Voting gap should be filled by college students

EDITORIAL

Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 01:10

The figures don’t quite add up with regards to voting in America. With nearly 200 million American citizens age 18 and over, there remains a significant gap between the amount of eligible voters and those who are registered, and another huge gap separating registered voters and those who will vote in the upcoming Presidential election.

Let’s take a closer look: There are over 200 million voting-age citizens in America, about 150 million registered voters, and a generous two-thirds of the registered voters will cast their vote in the election.

When it all boils down, the election will reflect the sentiment of roughly half of Americans over the age of 18.

There is always a push for voter registration and voting participation in an election year, especially this late in the season, but these figures should serve to scare you into voting. We are college students. We are the educated population. We are the ones who will be entering the workforce in just a matter of years, or perhaps a matter of months.

At some point since the last election, we grew up. The issues effecting the populous are actually affecting us. We made it. We are adults. And it is our responsibility to vote, it is our civic duty.

So don’t make any more excuses. Vote early if necessary, or report to your polling places at your convenience on Nov. 6. Maybe you’ll get a sticker, and you are certain to get a smile.

 

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