News – Arbiter Online courtesy: demlist.com
The deadline to register to vote for the 2016 election is fast approaching. All registration forms must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 14 to students county clerk’s office.
The presidential candidates are expected to be the main focus of the ballot, but other local candidates will be on the ballot as well. According to the Pew Research Center, low youth turnout at the polls can make it difficult for student voices to be heard.
For many Boise State students like Kiera Buell, a freshman business major, this election is the first time they are able to help shape their government. According to Buell, students across Boise State—including herself—just don’t know who they are going to vote for, and are deterred from the polls because they don’t like their choices of candidates.
“At this point it’s kind of like picking the lesser of two evils, because I don’t really fully support either of them. I don’t really like a lot of what both of them have done, but I don’t know,” Buell said. “Looking at both of them, a lot of people that I talk to honestly don’t even know who to vote for.”
Associate Professor of Political Science, Jeffrey Lyons, agreed with Buell. According to him, young people generally stay away from the polls and he doesn’t expect it to change any time soon.
“For young folks (voting is) really important. Politicians are going to listen to people who show up and vote,” Lyons said. “Young folks on average are just a little more apathetic toward politics. (They’re) pretty much always the lowest to register among any age group.”
Locally, other positions of government will also be on the ballot on election day. According to junior psychology major, Zach Harbauer, voting for local office is just as …