Election Day is one of the most important days of the year. Exercising our right to vote is something that our MSU Evans Scholars take very seriously.
Sophomore Oscar Garner II is thoroughly involved on campus through MSU’s student government group, known as ASMSU. Through which, Oscar has been working hard alongside other Spartans to create an inclusive and engaging voting experience.
“We have been working diligently and tirelessly to ensure that voting is not a tedious chore,” says Garner. “With our bill ‘Party at the Polls’, we are making sure that students do not dread the action of voting. By providing entertainment, engagement, and refreshments we are making certain that this year’s voting experience is not only pleasant, but memorable.”
ASMSU is determined to expand the ratings of young voters, and their “Party at the Polls” bill is designed to do just that. Studies show that young, eligible voters are one of the lowest-rated groups to vote, and ASMSU’s mission is designed to change that.
“Voting is a right not afforded to citizens of every country. This nation allows all of its citizens to voice their opinion and make decisions on their governing body and this is something that we should take advantage of,” says Garner. “I am voting because the propositions on this ballot have been infringing on the rights of the under-represented groups of America. I believe now is a great opportunity to make sure that the youth voice is heard on issues that are going to affect us in the near future.”
Others recognize the importance of voting as well.
“People should vote because their vote matters, especially the votes of young people,” says senior Taylor Skelton. “Your vote can affect a variety of aspects in your life, and voting is a way for you to be involved in the decision-making process. I am voting because I want to participate in the way that my community functions.”
For junior Josh Kovacs, voting is a right and a duty.
“Everyone should vote, regardless,” says Kovacs. “It is your duty as a citizen in any country. I am voting in this election for the same reason: it is my duty as a citizen and a privilege to have a say in what happens in my homeland.”
Junior Matthew Juckno agrees.
“People should vote because it gives them a way to voice their opinions in a civilized way,” says Juckno. “It gives people the voice and power to change things on a macro-level with the need for very minimal effort. I am voting because it gives me the opportunity to influence the way our society works.”
All in all, our voice is a gift that should not be taken for granted.
“People should go out and vote because we all have a voice, and we should use it!” says junior Julie Kurilko. “I am voting in this election because I am grateful I have the opportunity to, and I feel passionate about making change in our world.”
Senior Greg Winter is equally passionate about his vote.
“I am voting in this election because I have a core set of beliefs that shape the lens through which I see the world,” says Winter. “These beliefs compel me to stand up for injustices that I see in society today and to put individuals who are similarly minded in positions of power and responsibility to stand up against those injustices and to promote the overall good of the society.”
For Winter, the privilege of having the right to vote is what drives him forward.
“People should vote because this country was founded on the idea that the people’s voice matters. We are privileged to live in a society where we as a society can actually vote people into office,” says Winter. “There are many countries both now and throughout history who have operated under a dictatorship-type society that have not had the ability to pick their leaders. The fact that we have a say in electing government officials is again a blessing and one that should be utilized and is a real missed opportunity if not taken advantage of.”