By Michaela Marcellino
This has certainly been one of the most interesting election cycles in a long, long time. Students, it is time to make your voice heard.
According to a poll taken earlier this year by Pew Research, Millennials (aged 18-35) now make up the same portion of the electorate as Baby Boomers. We have a bigger voice then ever, and it is time to vote.
According to CBS, this next president will potentially appoint four Supreme Court Justices, while Business Insider reports that the the average number of appointments per President is 2.6.
The Supreme Court shapes the future of this nation by how they cast their votes. Ask yourself honestly: Are you happy with how your nation is being run, or do you want change?
Whether we like it or not, either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be our next president. They will both bring change.
Voting this election is so important because we have both the right and privilege in America to vote and to make our opinions known.
It is a responsibility that can never be taken for granted. A wise lady said recently something to the effect of, “If you do not vote, and end up not liking what is going on, you do not get to complain. You did not get out to vote.”
Voting is so important because you are the next generation of Americans. We can no longer be apathetic, and say it does not matter whether someone votes or not.
Think long, hard, and carefully about what you believe, and not what your parents, teachers, fellow classmates and friends believe. On November 8 and vote accordingly because not voting is a vote in itself.
The next step before election day is to make sure you are registered to vote. If you are not, you need to by October 11.
Tabitha Sherrell, Coordinator of Student Activities, said “Next week, SGA will be hosting a voter registration table Tuesday-Thursday from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. in the tiled dining room. We will also be hosting a ThinkFast Game Show on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 12:45PM-1:45PM and the theme of the game is ‘The Right to Vote.’ The League of Women Voters in Hendersonville will also be doing a table set-up on Tuesday, September 27 in honor of National Voter Registration Day. They will be in the tiled dining room from 10:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m.”
In addition, The Tennessee DMV website, http://www.dmv.org/tn-tennessee/voter-registration.php, states, “You can register to vote in person and by mail. First, complete the Mail-In Application for Voter Registration (Form SS-3010).
“This form is good for both in-person and by-mail registration. Next, either mail your form to your local county election commission or visit one of the following locations: County clerk’s office, Public libraries, Register of Deeds office, Department of Health, Departments of Human Services, Mental Health, Safety, and Veteran’s Affairs.”
If you are not sure if you are registered, you can check at the following website: https://tnmap.tn.gov/voterlookup/. You can help shape the future of this nation, and you can make your voice heard.