Be informed about candidates, your future

Staff Editorial

We know you’ve heard it a million times from a million different sources, but no matter how annoyed you are with the bombard of ‘vote’ messages on your social media, the thought remains true. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. Vote like your life depends on it. Vote like the lives of your children, whether future or current, depend on it, because they do.

But most importantly, be an informed voter. Do not show up to the polls tomorrow and vote solely on the candidates’ party. Do your research, and vote only for the people you think are going to improve this county, this state and this nation.

All parties contain candidates that are motivated only by self-interest, and all parties have candidates that actually want to do what’s right by the people they represent.

Never forget that voting was not always a given, and people did, and are still, fighting and dying for the chance so many Americans take for granted: the chance to have their voices heard and their communities represented.

Take time out of your life to read candidate profiles (we at The Daily Eastern News have written some if you need a starting place), and make a decision to fill in the circle next to the candidate whose platform most closely matches your values and beliefs.

Your voice matters. We repeat: YOUR VOICE MATTERS.

Whether you are a student who spends four years in this town or a long-time Charleston resident, you have the opportunity tomorrow to make sure your group is, and continues to be, heard.

You are doing your friends, family and community a disservice if you do not vote or if you do not vote in an informed way. Students, this goes out to you especially. According to The Campus Vote Project, only 17 percent of 18-24 year olds cast a ballot in 2014.

We have the power to change the perception of our generation, let alone assure us some representation in the government.

Look out for candidates who say they do not support Eastern or higher education, and make sure to vote the way you feel best protects you and your classmates.

We have the power to change America tomorrow; all you have to do is fill in a couple of circles.