Two years ago, college students across the nation stormed the polling booths — some casting their votes for the first time. Now, as the nation still battles unemployment, two wars and the aftermath of the worst oil spill in history, it is still significant for 18- to 24-year-olds to vote in midterm elections.
College students can make a serious impact by voting — whether they are voting in their home states through an absentee ballot or registered in New York state. In order to cast the vote that best suits them, students need to pay attention to the issues facing the nation. Ithaca College prides itself on being progressive and gay-friendly. Students should be concerned about the future of New York state as the conservative tea party gains momentum, and Carl Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, makes anti-gay remarks.
While the presidential election is important to vote in, students need to remember that voting doesn’t stop there. Between the student populations of Cornell University and the college, students in Ithaca have the ability to make an impact in the midterms.
As President Barack Obama’s approval ratings decline, students need to show where they stand. Two years ago, students showed they wanted change in the country. But unless students actually vote in the midterms, there may be another change in office.