RCL Blog- Voter Registration

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in RCL | 2 comments

Today during my 9am class a young woman passed out voter registration forms while explaining the process of being able to vote here in PA. Almost collectively, the room of almost 200 people groaned and ignored the girl. I even caught one of the TAs with an annoyed look on her face. I was so surprised, I would have thought that people would at least be somewhat excited to help be a part of such an important election. It seems that many people my age seem hesitant to take a chance to be apart of a civic opportunity. I know that a lot of people are already registered to vote but I also know that a lot aren’t. A process that takes all of two minutes and many of my fellow classmates felt that was too much to spare.


  1. I think the reason why everyone was annoyed of the girl was probably because people all over campus have been asking everyone if they’ve already registered to vote. It’s been basically a month since we moved in for fall session so people are probably getting tired of being asked the same question over and over again. Especially being here summer session, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked “Are you registered to vote in Pennsylvania yet?”. My response, at first, was “No, I am not old enough to vote…” And then they go on and on about how if your birthday is before November 3rd, then I can vote and I keep telling them, “no, it’s in December”. So now, I just say I am registered haha but basically to sum this all up, I feel for the people trying to get other people to register to vote but the amount of times they ask the same people can be annoying sometimes.

  2. The right to vote has become almost a luxury for many of us who live in America. I agree with you that it’s surprising the college kids would be bored with the chance to vote and become a part of the political process. They have the most time on their hands out of pretty much anybody who can vote. I can kind of understand the workers who are just too tired to go out and vote after their long days work. Voting is our opportunity to voice our opinions and we should be excited about the prospect. Personally, I think this is a marvelous opportunity and also it feels like a big choice even though I am just one of the millions of voters out there. I still want to make an informed decision to pick the correct leader. It’s also important to note that it is our civic duty to help make our country as strong as possible. However, I do remember a good point brought by Phillip DeFranco, a guy on Youtube. I feel that if you are not interested in politics or do not even pay attention to what candidates say during debates, it might be better to just stay home because I don’t really want random votes going out just because one dude has nice hair or the other guy seems cool.

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