Thursday, November 3, 2016
Some voters are inspired by this election, others are hesitant about the political world. Some voters are left indifferent about the process entirely.
However, with less than one week left until the historic presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, college campuses are urging students to vote.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “in the 2012 election, only 38 percent of 18-24 year-olds voted, again, the least out of all the age demographics.” In other words, the nations youngest voters turn out at significantly lower rates than their elders; therefore, their opinions are proportionally underrepresented.
The same study also explained that common reasons to skip voting on Election Day include: conflicting schedules, general disinterest, registration problems and issues with transportation. Wake Forest has addressed these issues to increase voter turnout among its students .
Since the beginning of the semester until the last day of registration on Oct. 14, representatives from various organizations were on campus to help students register in North Carolina. Wake the Vote students also helped register students at many of their election-focused events.
However, if a student happened to miss registration, the opportunity to vote is not completely lost. North Carolina is one of only 10 states to allow same-day registration, allowing voters to register at the polls on Election Day. Even if the voter is not originally from North Carolina, providing the address of their residence hall on campus is sufficient to demonstrate in-state residence.
Once the issue of registration is ameliorated, simply getting to the polling place is an issue for many Americans. The U.S. Census Bureau also found that around six percent of voters did not vote in the previous election because of transportation issues.
To solve this problem associated with voter turnout, Wake Forest will provide shuttles to and from the polling location on University Parkway. Free shuttles will take students every 30 …