By C.R. Lyles
Election day, November 6th draws near in the race for Senate in Texas with Democratic representative Beto O’Rourke and Republican representative Ted Cruz spearheading the race for both of their respective parties. However, youth voter registration is much lower than the older demographic.
Franklin D Roosevelt said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
According to the Texas Tribune, only 27.3 percent of Texans from 18-24 vote. When compared to the voter turnout of senior citizens 65 and up (65 percent) this number is substantially low. The youth of America miss out of the legacy that this country was built on, by passing up their right to vote.
Beto O’Rourke is the Democratic representative from El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke visited all 254 counties in Texas during his campaign in which he spoke to Texans about the issues our state and country face. An issue that may be of students interest is O’Rourke’s wish to increase Pell Grant scholarships and the Federal Perkins Loan program to ensure that all Texans can afford education.
He wishes to improve access to community colleges, trade schools, and nano degrees. Likewise, he wishes to increase public funding for low-income communities and schools. He is against high stakes testing, such as the state standardized tests. He also wishes to require background checks for all sales of firearms and stop selling weapons of war and high capacity magazines designed to take life.
He wishes to, “Ensure that those who come to our borders seeking refuge from violence and persecution are given a fair opportunity to present their claims and guaranteed due process under our laws,” in regards to immigration.
On the conservative end of the spectrum, Ted Cruz is from Calgary, Canada. While Cruz did not include his views on education on his campaign site, upon further research, Cruz opposes Common Core curriculum and feels education is a local and state issue. Cruz claims to be one of the countries leading supporters of the Second Amendment.
“The Second Amendment is an integral part f the Bill of Rights.”- Ted Cruz
According to his campaign site, Cruz is against illegal immigration and is for building a wall around the Southern border of the United States.
“You want to lose elections, stand for nothing…”-Ted Cruz
If you have not registered to vote you can help in other ways such as spreading the word about your preferred candidate. While it is too late to register to vote, rest assured that if you voted in the 2016 election, you are still registered. As to where to vote, if your county takes part in the Countrywide Polling Place Program you can vote at any voting booth. However, if your county does not participate in CWPP, then you will have to go to the location your precinct assigns to you.
Alexander Hamilton said, “A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large, in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject…” In order for change to take place, the youth of America need to think about what they stand for and execute those thoughts into action by voting.
To find out your voter location, go to the “My Voter Page” at www.votetexas.gov.
To visit Ted Cruz’s campaign site click here.
To visit Beto O’Rourke’s campaign site click here.