This presidential election cycle has had its ups, downs, and honestly ugly moments, but we are finally approaching election day on November 8th. The importance of voting has been stated repeatedly. The CCE and its partners on and off the Hofstra campus have pushed for voter registration to help close voting gaps based on age, class, race, and ethnicity. These gaps have existed for many elections before this one.
However, this election cycle introduces new and unexpected barriers even to voters who are registered and able to vote. Many voters do not like and won’t vote for their own party candidate on both sides of the aisle. Some are voting for a candidate that they don’t feel represents their interest in order to keep another candidate perceived as more dangerous from becoming president. Others are too disgusted by what has become of the election process to even go to their polling place. A republican democracy like ours rests on the idea that the people’s interests should be represented by their elected officials, and citizens must exert their power by voting. If people are generally displeased by both candidates and this election cycle in general, how can voters express their discontent with the current election?
The last way to deal with these conflicts is to bury our heads in the sand and stay home on election day. So much of this election has been about scandal, debate battles, polarized politics, and all emotions running high, but ignore all of that for a minute and think realistically about which avenue will be the best for all people in our country. It is everyone’s right and responsibility to vote in a way that will make that happen.