By Emmi Frankum, Staff Writer
Does your vote matter? According to professor Bruce Mallard it does – especially in the upcoming General Primary elections, to be held on May 20.
Many Armstrong students, when asked, were not even aware of the upcoming elections.
Kyron Longwood, electrical engineering major said, “I’m currently undecided on whether or not I’m voting. I’m not fully involved or coherent on the topics.”
Health professions major Donavon Woods, when asked about voting, said, “No. Why? I have no faith in the government or its laws.”
In 2010, voters aged 18-24 in Chatham County represented only two percent of those that voted in the General Primary elections.
Georgia represents one of only seventeen states that has an open primary system. Voters can elect each party’s candidate to represent them in the November race for US and State House and Senate offices, the governor’s seat and other legislative positions, regardless of political affiliation.
This system offers an opportunity – for those who choose to vote – to freely decide which candidates whom they align closest with.
Professor Bruce Mallard emphasized this point: “If you don’t take interest in the primary you may end up, in November, with candidates you don’t really like.”
He believes that deferring one’s right to vote in the primaries in turn means that they should defer their right to complain about candidates they may dislike.
J.T. Smith, who is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree, said: “I would love just the opportunity to vote; however, being a permanent Canadian resident, I cannot.”
Bradley Antonvich, criminal justice major, said, “I guess I won’t be voting in this primary election, unless I register really soon.” Luckily for him, registration to vote in the General Primary is open until April 21.
Those unsure of their registration status, or who wish to register can visit the “My Voter Page”. Step by step instructions are provided, and a Pirate Card will even serve as an adequate form of identification at the polling booths.