Rock the Vote!
Yes, folks, it's that time again. All the drama, all the excitement, all the people rushing to the polls: Election Day!
Okay, so maybe it's not quite that dramatic. But it certainly is an important time of year. And this weekend, the goings-on in Cleveland definitely reflected the pre-election atmosphere. Some of my friends made it down to Washington, D.C. this Saturday for John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear. In addition to seeing a number of guest speakers, musical performances, and funny signs, students went to show support and to promote the idea of decency to one another, in light of the amount of sensationalist media coverage surrounding the political arena.
Sunday I had an opportunity to see President Obama speak downtown at the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center. I took the Cleveland RTA straight there (students at CWRU get an RTA pass as part of tuition, and seriously, I could not live without that thing) and stood in line for around half an hour to see a number of political figures, candidates, and community leaders speak. The crowd may not have been big (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox kindly pointed that out all over the news), but the opportunity to hear from the leaders of our country was one I wouldn't pass up, regardless of ideology. I may not have heard anything that dramatically altered my political perspective, but it was still really cool.
And tonight, the Political Science department is holding an election returns party. All sorts of fun will be had as the drama unfolds. Will Democrats lose the House? The Senate? Will the Libertarian party miraculously comes from behind and upset them all? It's all part of the excitement in an event that will be part social, part educational, and part civic duty. I'm excited.
I'd also like to point out something I think a lot of people overlook; there's absolutely no reason to skip out on voting just because you're at college! CWRU provides transportation for students to the Board of Elections if you're registered to vote in the area, and your state probably has early or absentee voting as well. It's been great to see friends and classmates making use of their right to vote, and I would definitely take advantage of all resources available to participate in the election, no matter where you are or what your political views may be.
May you all have a wonderful Election Day, and here's to hoping that voter turnout is high and that people's voices are heard!