“We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our own hands,” said Thomas Dewey, 14th Governor of New York who established the State University of New York in 1948.
This quote from Dewey remains true today, especially for voters.
Voting is a fundamental right at the bedrock of our democracy. Yes, this phrase is repeated incessantly during election season. But like an alarm clock, it won’t make a difference until you get out the door. We urging you to avoid pressing “snooze” on Election Day.
This election isn’t just about the White House; it’s about congress, state legislatures, and town halls. And we recognize that the outcome of this election will make an impact on higher education policy for years to come.
Above all, we recognize that civic disengagement is a threat to democracy. This is especially true for millennials, who collectively make up one-third of voting demographics (93 million). Despite strength in numbers, only 19 percent of citizens ages 18 – 29 turned out to the polls last fall.
However, this can change. We have witnessed the remarkable impact students can make when they let their voice be known. From Ban the Box to our currents efforts with the It’s On Us campaign, change delivered by the students of this system is possible. Like the Constitution, we acknowledge that our system is not perfect, but we will not pause until it is.
This same strain of energy from students will rock the polls on Election Day. There is much riding on this election, and it’s important to recognize who the drivers of change are. You.
Where do I go to vote?
Check out your polling place here if you’re a state resident. You must have registered on Oct. 14 in order to vote in New York State.
Visit the League of Women Voters to learn more about the candidates.