I could say a lot of things right now about why you should vote today instead of tomorrow. I could use clichés or guilt or song. I could list all the ways that not voting can and will hurt this election cycle. I honestly believe that most of us do want to vote, but the heavy weight of apathy often wins. We don’t want to look up the schedule, and we don’t have time to find a ride.
I won’t be the first or only one to state the blatant fact that the infrastructure and resources at Kenyon are limited. We are often met with power outages, boil alerts, and long lines in Peirce. It should come as no surprise that historically, Gambier’s voting accommodations are no different.
In a New York Times article from 2008, Adam Cohen mentions Kenyon in the first sentence. He writes “everyone complains that young people don’t vote, but consider the experience of students at Kenyon College in Ohio in the 2004 election. Officials in Knox County, Ohio, provided just two voting machines for the school’s 1,300 voters.” There have been reports that students in the past have waited to vote for almost 11 hours on Election Day. Yesterday, there were reports of over 4,000 people in line in Cincinnati.
We are some levels of busy, overwhelmed, nervous, and tired. Do not let this essentially inevitable inconvenience ruin your chances of voting. The saying “decisions are made by those who show up” remains true. Show up today, vote, and watch the results at the edge of your seat knowing that you did your part.
Stop by the table in Peirce to find a ride today. All you need is your dorm address and the last four digits of your SSN.