U of L students psyched for upcoming election

By on October 27, 2008

By Paige Quiggins And Chelsea Mcbeath

For Wes Allen, the upcoming November 4 election is more than just the average voting go-round. It is a chance for students to fulfill their civic duty.
“I think we will see a vast increase in voting by young adults unlike any other election before,” said Allen, a senior justice administration and sociology major. “High fuel prices, high tuition rates, the condition of the economy, tax breaks for those who need them and many other concerns are at stake.”
However, Allen is not alone in his concern about this election.
In a survey conducted by The Louisville Cardinal among 117 University of Louisville students, 87 percent said they plan to vote in the upcoming election.
When given six options as to why they were voting, 39 percent said it was because they wanted their voices to be heard and another 32 percent said it was because they feel voting is important.
 Whitney Dunn, an elementary education graduate student, said her vote was influenced by her future goals and the ability to change the outcome for the next generation. 
“All the policies, everything that’s passed while we are in college is going to affect our children when we are parents,” said Dunn.  “We are the future.”
“I am voting because the outcome of our tuition and education is being affected and it is going to help us to go to school,” said Dee Graham, a senior psychology major.
Chelsea Brown, a senior political science major, said she felt like the turnout for the election would increase because people see how the outcome is going to affect them.
“It’s a really important election for educated people to participate in and we definitely need change,” Brown said. “It’s important for us to be involved in something that is going to affect us later.”
Some students like Brown think the turnout of the actual number of voters will differ from the predictions of polls.
Brown said she feels in many situations, the polling process can be unreliable because some people actually feel the need to say yes to whatever question they are asked.  
“In my political statistical research class, we learned that the nature of it is that they feel culturally pressured to say yes and will answer yes without intending on voting,” Brown said.  “They don’t feel like it is okay to answer no.”
Allen feels the predictions will differ from the actual outcome for other reasons. 
“There is still a large number of people who don’t believe their opinion matters,” Allen said. “They have claimed neither candidate is suited to represent the country.”
Jasmin Beharic, a junior electrical engineering major, said he usually wouldn’t vote because he disagrees with the process, but has changed his mind with this election.
“This election is important because of what’s happening in the world with the war and the economy,” Beharic said. “We as students have different needs with tuition, tax breaks and things like that.
So it’s important to get a candidate who supports students, universities and higher education.” 
Jamieca Jones, a freshman psychology major, shared a similar justification.
“If you don’t vote, how are you going to change anything?” Jones said.

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