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Students Should Use Caution When Voting Online

vote ballotLiving in a world of convenience, we’ve grown accustomed to doing everything online. From checking grades to ordering textbooks and even earning a degree, there’s not much you can’t do online. Voting has even come out of the dark ages and people in 33 states are able to cast their ballots online, through fax or via email. Just imagine being able to take a few minutes and vote in the privacy of your own home when it’s convenient for you. You don’t even have to leave the house. Unfortunately, with all things done online, there are some kinks to be worked out.

Hackers have already proven they are able to get into the voting systems and alter results. This proves to be a big problem when people are deciding on elected officials. The systems that are used for online voting are also used for voting in other countries, but there doesn’t seem to be a proper security measure in place to keep votes safe. The vulnerability of the security for internet voting was discovered during a trial-run in September for Washington, DC. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama Urges College Students to Get Involved in Midterm Elections

president obamaCollege students have a lot going on in early November. Aside from being ready to head home for good food during the Thanksgiving holiday, students are working hard to pass tests, complete projects and get their homework turned in on time.

President Obama wants to add just one more thing to your college to-do list: vote. The president is calling on all college students and young people to get involved in politics and to participate in the November midterm elections.

The president is sending a message to young people across the country that election time is a very important time in our country. Young voters generated a large turnout and a lot of excitement in 2008 when the president was elected, but voter turnout has gone down drastically since then. One of the issues that could affect college students include cuts in student loans due to the GOP push to extend all of the tax cuts that were placed during the Bush administration. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, College Students Will Wake Up Early — To Vote!

Anyone who’s ever been a college student knows that “morning person” is not part of the vocabulary of a typical student.  Given their druthers, most college students won’t get out of bed before 7:00 a.m. for anything — including their early morning classes.  Heck, when I taught at Indiana University, I had students miss my 1:30 pm class because there was a power outage on campus that knocked out their alarm clocks.

But that all changed on November 4, 2008.  Students all over the United States got their butts out of bed when it was still dark and stood in line for hours to vote.  Articles about eager students shedding sleep to cast a ballots popped up all over the country. Read the rest of this entry »


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