Well, it’s that time of the year again: Voting season. No, it’s not quite presidential election season yet, but hyperlocally, it’s time to vote for Associated Student Government.
Elections are quite literally next week, and just like midterms, they’ve creeped up on us and come way too fast. But it’s so, so important to make sure we’re educated on the issues affecting our university and pay attention to what’s going on here.
Currently, there is only one pair of students running for ASG president and vice-president: Brayden Soper, sophomore political science major, and Amaya Oshel, junior sociology major. They’re running a platform based on three things: Create, engage and advocate.
As for senators, there are 11 running. Of those 11, four are current senators. While there has been meet and greets held, it’s hard for everyone to know who their senators are and to know who’s running.
However, this shouldn’t stop you from voting. Soper and Oshel have Social Media accounts you can even check out to find more information on them and their campaign. In an era when we have technology so readily at our fingertips, it’s crucial we use that to our advantage. The ASG elections are even done online, so there’s really no excuse not to vote.
As we take on debt in the pursuit of higher education, it is up in part to ASG to help run Hornet nation.
There’s such a high importance when it comes to the national election, we tend to forget how important local elections are. Local elections really tend to have a higher impact on us anyways, so why aren’t we voting?
It is so easy to get wrapped up in our everyday lives, especially when voting doesn’t get you out of your nine to five job. But, the only way we can improve our lives is to set aside time to vote. Especially as students, when we spend so much time on campus, it’s important to pick representatives that will spend just as much time making our time here worthwhile.
In ASG, our representatives are elected out of our classmates, so we should know our peers.
Elections are next week from March 3-5, and the final announcements will be made March 6. You don’t even have to “get out and vote,” just follow the link online and you’re good to go. So vote.