November 10, 2010
Nov. 2, voters across the nation made their way to polls to make their voices heard.
U.S. citizens voted on topics ranging from senate seats, to questions pertaining directly to their state (SQs).
This year’s day at the polls in Oklahoma proved historical as voters chose Mary Fallin to represent Oklahoma as its first female governor.
While Oklahomans made history, nationally, turnout for younger voters remained low.
“I think that turnout was so low for young voters because they do not realize how much their vote counts,” said Professor of English Dr. William Hagan.
Hagan said he believes that making sure people are aware of the impact that voting has on their lives is a necessary step towards increasing turnout.
“News analysts said that nationally a much lower percentage of young people voted during this election,” said Hagan. “Candidates could help increase this percentage by engaging students on college campuses.”
Oklahoma Baptist University could benefit from the attention of political candidates. Senior Graphic Design major Julie Chamberlain said she did not feel inclined to vote in last Thursday’s election.
“I felt ill equipped to vote because I did not do much research before the election; I also feel as if my one vote makes much of a difference,” said Chamberlain.
Chamberlain is not the only student that does not thing their vote counts for much. Although Sophomore Business Management major Jessica Hernandez voted in the Nov. 2 district five elections, she does not think her vote carries much weight either.
“I initially didn’t want to take time out to vote,” Hernandez said. “However, my family urged me to and I was already registered so I didn’t see any harm in voting with my affiliated party.”
Students who travel long distances from home to go to school have the option of voting and sending ballots back home. Senior Cross Cultural Ministry major Ashley Matz hails from Florida; however, she did not participate in this year’s election.
“I didn’t keep up with politics enough to make decisions in good conscience,” said Matz.
While this election saw a decreased number of young voter participation, another group took full advantage of their right to vote.
“Older voters, particularly republicans came out in force, “ said Hagan.
In light of an increased turnout of republican voters, Professor of Literature Dr. Carolyn Cole said on her thoughts on the election’s outcome.
“I hope that those in power will actually solve problems and not waste precious time on political posturing,” she said.