Do your votes matter?


Tuesday is Pennsylvania’s general election day, and students in Indiana can vote at Pratt and Zink halls. This election could easily change our present and future lives, and voting gives us the chance to impact these changes.

However, IUP students have differing opinions on just about everything, including the importance of voting. The staff of The Penn gave their answers to the question, “Do you think it’s important to vote in the Municipal Election?”

Cody Benjamin, editor-in-chief: Voting can go a long way in taking steps to refining your community. But I can understand why so many people are turned away from the political spectrum altogether. If you’re genuinely convinced one of the candidates will take action, get involved.

Samantha Barnhart, managing editor: The outcome of this election can directly affect the lives of IUP students. One of our peers, James Smith, is running for a democratic seat on the Indiana Borough Council, and I think the council should have a student’s opinion and voice on it.

Casey Kelly, news editor: While it is important for students to have their political voices heard, it is equally as important to educate yourself before you vote. If everyone voted blindly, can you imagine the group of nutjobs who might be running this country?

Chris Hayes, wet ink editor: Nothing excites me more than watching a good presidential debate, but I think local elections lose the interest of young Americans.

Kyle Kondor, sports editor: Do I think it’s important to vote when given the opportunity? Absolutely. However, I don’t think an uninformed vote is acceptable. Therefore, I won’t be participating.

Mike Kiwak, copy editor: Do what makes you happy or satisfied.

Sam Nicholson, photo editor: I feel like the importance of voting in the election can be summed up into one word: America.

Alex Salyers, graphic designer: I definitely believe voting is important, especially for young adults and students for whom this election will directly impact. However, I think that being an informed voter is a vital part of the process. If you don’t know what’s going on, get informed, and get out there.

Ailey Clark, new media editor: In this election, you’re picking justices. This means you have a say in picking who it is that interprets the Constitution for you – and that’s sort of a big deal. I understand not voting if you’re not educated, but really, there is no reason to not be educated.