With LBCC’s board election on April 12 and the new $850 million bond measure appearing on the June 7 ballot, we might want to consider just how important voting is. U.S. citizens are given a wide variety of freedoms and rights. One of them is possibly the most essential factor in our government, our society and our quality of living: voting.
Voting is a key aspect in our lives. Voting is why we can elect leaders. Voting is why we can choose what measures and propositions pass or fail. Voting is why we have the freedoms we have today, rights and citizenship aside. And that’s why we need to be involved.
Some of the youth or younger generation who make up the population of legal-age college and high school students of the U.S. seem to take an apathetic view toward politics and involvement in the democratic affairs of civic and state duties. According to a survey by the U.S. Census reported in November 2014, the number of registered voters age 18 to 24 was only 39.1 percent of that entire population. Of people 18-25, only 15.9 percent actually voted. The dismal turnout doesn’t help anyone and lack of involvement doesn’t make a difference. Staying home doesn’t prove a point. Missing a chance to shape history doesn’t make somebody cool. And non-voters most definitely do not positively change the future of the country where we live.
The election in Long Beach, which includes two LBCC Board seats, is Tuesday, April 12, and the state primary, which includes the LBCC bond measure, is Tuesday, June 7. We’re coming close to the point in time where we decide who runs our college and our country. Students who are legally able to vote should do so with these opportunities. But it’s not just that. State and city elections include decisions leaders of the City of Long Beach, the Long Beach Unified School District Board, other cities, Los Angeles and Orange counties, state Assembly and Senate, U.S. Congress and Senate, and of course, U.S. president.
Students can find methods of registration for voting on the DMV website at dmv.org/ca-california/voter-registration.php. Any further questions may be directed to the Voter Hotline at (800) 345-8683.