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Letter: Promoting the student vote

As many of you may have noticed from tabling in the MU or campus flyers or events from Constitution Day last week, Sept. 24 is National Voter Registration Day. While there are other, more widely celebrated days to consider the importance of exercising your right to vote, such as Independence Day, Election Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or Women’s Equality Day, please take a moment to think about the importance of your right to vote and how this right is a remarkable, inalienable aspect of our modern democracy.

We have all heard that votes and money win elections. Students generally have not begun their careers and are therefore unlikely to have an excess of one of the two. This makes voting all the more important.

It has been an important legislative summer for students too. Student debt was debated in Washington, D.C., and after the dust of the current budget standoff settles, we have been promised it will be debated again. Don’t be left out of the political process — especially when it’s talking about you. Register to vote and get out there to vote when the time comes.

If someone has moved since registering to vote in Arizona, he or she needs to re-register. People also re-register simply to be certain of their status or to change party affiliation. The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) at ASU has a website to make this easy. Please check it out or forward it to any friends who might need it.

It only takes a minute to talk with your friends and see if they have registered to vote too.

Adam Monroe Graduate student Director of Legislative Affairs for GPSA Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Arizona Students’ Association

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