As shown by the 2000 Presidential election, every vote counts. You have a chance to make a difference on issues such as education, crime, business regulations and health care. Elected officials have the power to alter many aspects of our life here at Lawrence, and we have the opportunity to choose who will do that altering. If you haven’t already obtained an absentee ballot to vote in your hometown, you should take the time to go to the polls in Wisconsin. You live in Wisconsin nine months out of the year, so what happens in this state will affect you. Local officials, state officials (including the governor) and members of the House of Representatives are all up for election this year, and they all promise different things for the state of Wisconsin. Take the time to educate yourself on the issues and determine who will best fit your needs (see www.wispolitics.com).
If you aren’t sure of where your polling place is, the Volunteer and Community Service Center (VCSC) can help. They will be running vans in half hour intervals between the hours of 8-10 a.m., 11-1 p.m., and 5-7 p.m. from the Wriston turn-around on November 5th. In order to vote in the state of Wisconsin, you only need to have lived in your district for ten days. Therefore, every Lawrentian qualifies.
Get educated, watch for publicity on getting to the polls, grab a piece of mail with your Lawrence address on it and your LU photo id and hop on a van to the polls! Our forefathers sacrificed their lives to give us the right to have a democratic government — exercise that right and vote!
Jennifer Dieter, President of the College Democrats