Vote! Today is election day!
Students vote for SGA officers, Mr. and Miss NCCU, and class officers on Blackboard from 8 a.m. to 8
Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 15:04
With the impending arrival of the North Carolina primary election, N.C. Central University has been pumping students up with its own election. Students can vote today on Blackboard from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At stake are all SGA positions, Mr. and Miss NCCU, and class officers.
Being bombarded with enthusiastic screams of “vote for (insert name)” at every second and seeing posters on every crevice of campus, one would have to live under a rock to not know that it is voting season.
Candidates have utilized every tool in their arsenal to rake in the votes. Presidential debates, block parties, and cookouts are among some of the many tactics used.
But with their campaigning comes the question of whether their hard work will be worthwhile or wasted.
Voting divides students into two groups: those who care and those who don’t.
Will the plates of food and passionate speeches be enough for the former to outweigh the latter? Candidate Casi Johnson believes so.
“It’s been really good momentum,” said the psychology and spanish junior. Johnson, who is running for Ms. NCCU, says that she is satisfied with the response from her fellow eagles.
But the campaigning process hasn’t always been a smooth ride for her.
Johnson says that in a former election, she and two other candidates were sabotaged.
“I was disqualified after someone hacked my twitter.”
Though she was allowed back in the race, she feels that the negativity is getting out of hand.
The tattered and torn posters that litter the hallways can support that argument.
Dwanecia Stover, on the other hand, says that she is disappointed with what seems to be voter apathy. “I think students do not take their voting rights seriously.”
The political science freshman stated that those who refused to vote last semester were in an uproar when the results were announced.
Stover firmly believes that getting in the habit of voting in school transfers to more significant elections. “It teaches students to put their voice in something important and it teaches us about democracy.”
Dimante King, another avid supporter of the race, feels that people some of the real issues lay in the runners. “Some of them do it for the popularity aspect.”
According to the political science freshman, there should be a more efficient method of choosing candidates.
“I think they should go through a screening because everyone should not be able to run.”
With the pressure being put on their shoulders, only the results will show if the students truly care about their voice being heard.