As most of you know, today is the mid term elections. Out of curiosity, I have asked some of my peers if they were going to vote or not. A lot of them say they “don’t really care”, while others say they didn’t even know the elections were going on.
One of the classes I am taking this semester, “The Politician and the Journalist” taught by Congressman Richard Neal goes in depth about how important it is to reach out to the public in order to obtain their vote and point America in the direction they feel is the right one. Congressman Neal during our class really goes in depth about which types of voters he is most likely going to spend more time with. Although college students do vote, they are more likely to “sometimes” vote; while elderly voters are more likely to vote for sure.
Obtaining the votes of the people is a constant struggle for a politician because you have to keep fighting for their opinion on who should represent them. Aside from elderly voters, another group Democrats and Republicans try to reach out to are the independent voters. The votes from the independent voters could make or break a your chances of winning depending on which way they sway.
In order to better understand following trends in polling data, as an assignment Congressman Neal assigned each of his students a senate race from another state to follow. We have been following these races for about seven weeks now, trying to notice the issues and challenges these senators are facing during these elections. I was assigned to follow the race in Louisiana between Bill Cassidy (R), and Mary Landrieu (D). Currently Landrieu is the incumbent up for re-election, but during this election she is having a difficult time because she does not have the same support she had back in 2008. In 2008 she relied on the African American voters to buoy her in the race. Today, she does not have that support because a lot of people are unaware the mid-term elections are even going on right now. Most votes focus so much on the presidential election every four years, but they forget about the senate races that go on every two years.
Voting is our civic duty as citizens of the United States, and it is important to make sure we get as many voters as possible to the voting booths. We get a say in who we want to represent us, as well as decide whether the laws on the ballot pass or not. That is why it is important to care about the elections, and take them seriously. According to a Pew survey of predicted non-voters this election: 43 percent of people who are non-white will not vote, 34 percent of people under age 30 will not vote, and 46 percent of people with family income under $30K will not vote. If you, or any of your friends and family did not get a chance to vote this term, raise awareness for next time, because there are too many non-voters and all our opinions matter.