For those of you living on Neptune, I have some news for you: today is Election Day.
And, after my last post about a lack of young people reading newspapers, I would be remiss if I didn’t use this blogging opportunity to discuss youth voting.
Everyone knows the rap on young people: they’re unengaged, they’re ambivalent, they don’t vote. Well, if RIT is a representative sample, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On this campus, there are active College Republicans and College Democrat clubs. Stroll through any parking lot and you’ll find countless cars loaded with political bumper stickers. There is a popular public policy program. What impressed me most, however, was how a group of students organized a “Rock The Vote” effort.
Twice this fall, once in early October and once last week, students manned a table in the Student Alumni Union lobby designed to encourage students to vote. It wasn’t politcally motivated, either. The goal was merely to help demonstrate the powerful voice that students can have in the political process.
During their first session, students were able to help more than 30 students register to vote. They hoped to do the same last week, before discovering that it was too close to the election for people to register. Yet, they set the table up anyway—deciding to utilize the opportunity to encourage students to head to the polls on Nov. 7.
That seems pretty engaged to me.