By Nora Strehl
As we progress into the new year, and get back into the school groove, we need to start thinking about how important it is to make sure that our voices are heard this primary season!
The 2012 primary is right around the corner and the deadline to register to vote is quickly approaching. It’s our time, so let’s go!
Just so you know, you have until Monday, Jan. 30 to register to vote in the Feb. 28 presidential primary elections. The polls will be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To register, you must be at least 18 years old by election day and be a U.S. citizen. You have to also be a resident of the city of Kalamazoo in order to vote here.
In my opinion, it is our right and our duty to vote – if we are educated enough to know what we’re voting for. It’s our job to make sure that the people elected to office are rightfully put there. We have the freedoms and ability to make a difference, but it takes motivation and empowerment to do it. You can stay cynical and look to the stars, but I choose to live by what the founding fathers envisioned for us, and will continue to fight for those rights by the only methods I know – share my beliefs publicly and vote.
Young Americans have a history of active involvement in the democratic process and in shaping the future of the nation. Let’s keep the tradition going and get involved with this years election in some way. Join College Democrats or College Republicans on Western Michigan University’s campus. Do some research and find out how you can participate in a specific campaign. It is a really rewarding experience to be a part of such a huge movement, especially when it only happens every four years.
Get up and be proactive! You can register by mail, at the Kalamazoo clerk’s office or by going to the Secretary of State.
Send me some feedback on how you will make a difference this election season.