If you have ever learned history, then you probably know that those are the students who started and sustained almost every revolution in the history of humanity. Even if those standing at the foothills of change were not students, those were young people who wanted a better future for themselves and their children. Now, as the 21st century has loomed on the horizon, you don’t have to be a warrior in order to be able to live in the democratic world. Nowadays, everything you have to do is to cast your vote and let the people that you choose to govern the country.
Today, the voters aged between 18 and 29 make it up for more than 20% of eligible voters in the U.S. Unfortunately, too many students negate their right and privilege to be a college voter thinking that there are things more important than spending half an hour of their time expressing their political will. Given that the next Presidential election in the United States is scheduled for the year 2020, in this article, we are going to discuss why you should vote and the most convenient ways to do it in college.
Why Student Vote Matters?
To begin with, it should be acknowledged that even asking yourself such a question is already a misconception of yourself as of a citizen. Skipping your right to vote and then spending four years, complaining about how ineffective is the government chosen is nothing else but top-shelf quality hypocrisy. While the congressional and the senate elections are being held on the individual terms in every state, you should know that the election of the pivotal politician in the United States, the President of the country, takes place in quite an sophisticated manner.
The so-called electoral college divides the country into 538 electoral units. You can think of as of 538 voters. Regardless of how many people live in, for example, Washington D.C., it will have the same number of voices as an average big state. So, you might say here that your vote definitely does not matter as you live in Vermont which holds only 3 out of 538 electors. Your position on the issue might sound fairly logical.
Nonetheless, how do you know that, namely, your voice won’t become the decisive one in defining the candidate that takes the third and the final vote? What is more, student voting is freed from the necessity of being present at the voting precinct of your registration. Do not let the myth that you cannot vote from your dormitory distort your right and your highest duty to cast the ballot and express your political will.
Get your absentee voting certificate and cast the ballot wherever you feel comfortable because you are a citizen of the United States of America in the first place. So, remember your vote matters and do not listen to those saying that you will have to back all the way westward to Los Angeles to vote if you live and study in, for example, New York.
So, let us wrap it all up. You should vote because:
- Your vote matters;
- The electoral college does not hinder the value of your political will;
- You can vote from wherever you feel comfortable;
- You can get an absentee voting certificate;
- The myths about the need for travelling throughout the country are busted;
How to Vote in College?
Voting in college is no rocket science, so do not let anyone’s opinion sprout high over your confidence of an American who wants to express his or her political will. Remember, this is an alienable right that nobody can deprive you of. So, here comes a stepwise guide to casting your vote if you are a college student:
Step 1. Define Where You Would Like to Register
Once again, it does not mean that you have to change your registration address. It is all about where you would like, as a citizen of the United States, to be registered for an upcoming election so you could exercise your inalienable right.
Step 2. Always Check on Deadlines and Eligibility
One common mistake that the youth vote holders make is thinking that they still have a lot of time to register.
Step 3. Decide on the Party
One more reason why people and especially students eventually refuse to go to the polling stations is that they consider both the Democrats and the Republicans to be scarce in regards to the political vision of the voter. While it might be so, you still have to choose your colours because otherwise, you would let someone else do it for you.
Step 4. Register
It seems quite obvious, and no explanations are needed here. Register as a voter as soon as possible and get on with your democratic duty.
Step 5. Request the Absentee Voting Certificate
Unforeseen circumstances are not excluded from your agenda on the election day. However, if you had to chance to foresee them and you know that, on the election day, you will have to be in a place different from the precinct that you are registered at, get your absentee certificate and vote wherever you need.
Step 6. Do It!
Just go out there and vote! Remember, it is not only your right but also your duty if you want to have the moral right to criticize the government if they do something wrong. Otherwise, you can consider yourself the one who took them to their offices.
Follow these steps and remember: if you know in advance that you are going to be overseas on the day of the election, you can always cast your ballot in advance, or you can vote online from wherever you are in the world.
Voting Resources for Students
Here, you will find all the information that you might need about candidates, parties, electoral reforms, etc. Everything that you as a young voter need can be found on this platform.
The USSA has been working hard to ensure that each and every student’s electoral rights are being preserved.
This resource has been created as a platform for unifying campus activists from all over the United States.
This is an informational resource for everyone willing to know more about the Republicans and their election agenda.
This is an informational resource for everyone willing to know more about the Democrats and their election agenda.
Do not miss your chance to become a leader of changes when it comes to educating young people about their voting rights.
The mobilize.org platform serves for the consolidation of young voters who care for retaining their corresponding right.
This is a nationwide student organization that is eager to work with everyone who wants to change the election system for the better.
If you are a politically active person and you want to choose a college where activism prospers, make sure that check this database.
10. Can I Vote?
This program by the National Association of the Secretaries of the State has been created for the sake of helping students retain their voting right.
Organizations for Students that Spread Election-Related Information
This non-profit organization makes sure that the students from all around the country perceive voting as something truly needed and even trendy.
2. Fair Vote
Founded in 1992, Fair Vote has been advocating for a democratic electoral reform ever since.
This is a political action organization that has been founded in 2017 for the sake of promoting fair elections for each and every citizen of the United States.
4. Voto Latino
This non-profit, non-partisan organization takes proper care of the young voters, including students coming from the Hispanic or Latino backgrounds.
HeadCount is a non-profit organization that fosters voter registration and propels people into voting through informational campaigns and artistic events.
Know Your Rights
Now, there are basic voting rights that nobody can deprive you of. We have selected five of them which shall ensure that you exercise your right smoothly regardless of the place of your registration. Learn them by heart and never forget!
- You have the right to vote.
- You have the right to keeping it private.
- You have the right not to be forced to vote.
- You have the right to vote for any candidate/party there is on the ballot.
- You have the right to vote from your dorm if you are a college student.
FAQs on College Voting
1. Why would I vote?
You should vote because it is your duty and your right. Your voice can change the fate of an entire country.
2. Can I register at my dorm?
Yes, you can! Contact your dorm administration for that.
3. What is the Electoral College?
Electoral College is the unique system of elections in the United States that envisages a disproportioned number of votes distributed to every state. The total number of votes is 538.
4. What should I do if my college refuses to register me as a voter?
Call the police! This is a direct violation of your basic human right.
5. What is an absentee voting certificate?
This is a document issued at your registration precinct that grants you the right to vote anywhere on the territory of the United States of America on the election day.
Now, you can, probably, see how many resources and organizations are out there taking care of your voting rights. Do not be that reckless and do not throw your constitutional right into the trash just because someone said that you couldn’t vote while in college. You can do that and, what is more, you should do that. Go out there, register as a voter, and never take the country that you live in for granted. It was not that long ago that people fought to the death for you have this right today.