Here in America, we love to vote. On reality singing/dancing competitions and Family Feud, especially. But what if I told you that there was something you could vote on that — are you sitting down — actually matters?
It’s called the midterm elections and it touches on everything that could potentially affect your life: healthcare, education, national and international policy and everything in-between. But why should YOU vote?
Simple. There are things that you like and dislike, right?
Let’s start with tuition. For both in-state and out-of-state students, tuition has been on the rise for years.
Well, since every Arizona congressional, and one senatorial seat, is up for grabs this year, there is a chance the candidate running in your district is open to forgiving part of your student loans.
How about climate change? Maybe you're the person that after a recent New York Times article, that spelled out how close society has taken the Earth to the edge of disaster, is ready to buy the newest Prius, eat Kale and drink kombucha for every meal and take an interest in your carbon footprint.
Well, here in Arizona we have a proposition that attempts to make some headway into the issue. Proposition 127 would require the states’ utilities to operate on 50 percent renewable energy resources by 2030.
Is educating future generations of Arizona’s students of interest to you? Or are you heading into the highly rewarding and low-paying profession of teaching in Arizona? Proposition 305 should peak your interest since it deals with school choice.
Even if the candidate you vote for loses, or the proposition you support fails, participating in a democracy by voting is the only way to ensure that on some level, your voice is heard and counted.
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So if you want to have a say in how the country is run for the next two years, getting out to your designated polling place or sending your mail in ballot by Nov. 6 is where to start.
Throughout this issue, you’ll come across stories to inform you about the propositions and candidates, both local and national, that could shape your life and the world for the next two years.
We hope you find it helpful and informative. From all of us here at the Daily Wildcat, we wish you a happy election season. Bear Down and vote!
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