In preparation for the 2016 Presidential Elections, it is time for many Bridgewater State University (BSU) students to consider who they will be voting for.
On National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, Sept. 22, SEAM held an event on the ground floor of the Rondileau Campus Center (RCC) for National Voter Registration Day. This was an opportunity for BSU students who were not registered to vote, to sign up and register themselves. The event was held from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.
Sarah Dymek, a SEAM representative, guided students to register to vote.
Dymek said, “I am registered to vote,” and believes voting is important because BSU students should exercise their right.
She also said that as someone who wants to become an educator someday, “there are laws and policies that will affect educators and their students in the future,” and that she wants to do what’s best for students and the profession.
Anthony Hebert, Student Government Association (SGA) President, shares the same opinion as Dymek.
“I think it’s important to vote or be registered to vote because everyone should have a say in our democracy and it gives you a say in the policies that this country falls through on,” said Hebert.
According to The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), “13% of votes cast in the 2014 midterm elections were cast by young people, ages 18-29.”
This means that young people will likely play a big role in 2016 as well, which makes it that much more important to make sure that your voice is heard.
Kyle Bueno, Senator-at-Large for the SGA, said, “I believe that another vote may take your voice away if you decide to not vote.”
Though the primaries won’t be taking place for another four and a half months, and the general election not for another fourteen months, it is still important to register and stay informed, so come election day, you will be able to head down to the polls and make an educated decision.
Jared Manley is a Comment Contributor.