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February 6, 2024

‘You can’t complain if you don’t vote’ City College takes to the polls for midterm elections

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A City College student holds onto the official voter information guide for midterm elections. Phoenix Kanada | Photo Editor | [email protected]

‘You can’t complain if you don’t vote’

City College takes to the polls for midterm elections

Grumpy, sad, frustrated, happy, confused, content, depressed.

Not naming the seven dwarves these are just the sentiments many college students feel about the current administration since President Trump won the 2016 presidential election. College students in particular have been open about their love or hate towards the administration in the past two years. With the upcoming midterm election some students are getting ready to vote Nov. 6.

In a recent poll of 150 City College students, 82 said that they had registered and planned to vote on Nov. 6, but the remaining 68 students said that they had not registered to vote.

City College student Tamara Fisher is one of those students.

“I don’t like picking sides. I would rather stay in the middle,” Fisher said. “I see the importance of voting, but I just don’t like being involved with it.”

Fisher said she was formerly in the military, where she was not allowed to voice her opinion about politics. She said that has made her less inclined to register to vote and feels unbiased for any political party.

City College student Kristopher Thar said he registered to vote when he saw a person with a clipboard asking people to register.

Thar said he believes that every vote counts and that wanting a difference has to be shown by voting. He believes it is important to understand what the government is doing.

“Be a part of the change in your government,” Thar said. “There are people that I know who complain about the government, but they don’t actively vote. You can’t complain if you don’t vote.”

 

Gauravdeep Cheema, President of Secular Student Alliance, urges students to vote in November’s midterm elections. Phoenix Kanada | Photo Editor | [email protected]

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Kaitlyn MacGregor, City College public information officer, said that City College does not have a voting booth on campus for students because of decisions made by the county elections office.

“The elections office is doing something different–wherein the past they had polling locations, now they are consolidating those into actual voting centers,” said MacGregor.

Every person in the county is getting a vote-by-mail ballot, which statistics have shown yield more voter participation in the last couple of elections, MacGregor said. The county believes that mail-in ballots will encourage more voters along with voting centers that will increase voter turnout. MacGregor also said that City College staff and faculty have encouraged students to register to vote with different events on campus.

“We did some stuff on campus on September 18th. We had Constitution Day. The Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, came on campus and had a booth where they talked to students about registering to vote,” MacGregor said.

Constitution Day is held every year and pocket-sized copies of the Constitution are passed out to students. City College provided information on voting registration, and Alex Padilla answered questions for students.

Donye Brown, a psychobiology major,  registered to vote months ago and has voted since she turned 18 because of her family.

“It’s a tradition in my family that, where every time they vote, the ‘I voted’ sticker is sported in my house.”

Brown said that she made her boyfriend register to vote for the midterms and has mentioned it to her friends as well. Mental health and health insurance are her main concerns that Brown feels are not being addressed as often in the media.

“My mom always raised me with the belief that my voice and opinion does matter,” said Brown.

 

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