Students need to take action and register to vote – RSS Results in opinion* of type article It is important to register to vote and head to the polls on election day. Midterm elections are coming up Nov. 6, and the number of registered voted has increased in the past few years. A record 800,000 people registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day 2018, according to an Oct. 1 TIME magazine article.“It is important to register and go out to the polls because the choices made in government have a direct relation to the lives of students,” junior political science major Ian Pearson, who is also president of the College Democrats, said. “For each student, the issues or policies that affect them are unique.”If students have never voted in an election or have moved to a different area, they need to register to vote. In Illinois, the deadline for registering in person is Nov. 6. Students can register to vote at the Dekalb Public Library, 309 Oak St. The library has several voter registrars on staff, and people are able to register online until Oct. 21.
An absentee ballot can also be obtained if someone is unable to go to the polling location they are registered at. This could apply to students living on campus with a permanent residence elsewhere. If someone chooses to hand in a ballot in person, it must be done one day before election day; if the ballot is being mailed, it must be done five days before election day.Regardless of reasons, midterm elections are important to take part in to determine who will be in legislation for the next the next term.“Registering to vote is important because it is a tool that allows you to try and defend your freedoms from eroding further,” senior computer science major Aaron Jones, who is also president of Young Americans for Liberty, said. “It’s important to stand up for your civil rights to resist people who hate …

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