This couldn't be farther from the truth. It is a vital democratic process that requires participation from citizens of all levels- most importantly, college students.
Here are the five most significant ways this presidential election, in particular, will affect college students this year and many to come:
1. GAS PRICES
How many students commute to Penn State Hazleton? For now, gas prices sit at $3.89. Some speculate that this may rise as high as $5 by the end of the year. Vote in a candidate that’s willing to do what it takes to correct this situation.
2. JOB UNEMPLOYMENT
The national job employment outlook continues to look worse and worse as the years pass. Students pay anywhere from $70,000 to $100,000 in tuition, so that job opportunities will be available to them in the future. Rather, this has become more of a debt than a reward. Vote in a candidate that will create 'real ' jobs.
How many students want to receive medical attention after an accident? How many want this to be affordable? With the current policies in place, this will never be a reality. Healthcare has become watered down by a lack of funds and competent doctors to treat patients. Vote in a candidate that stands strong for a healthcare reform that works.
Students, even now, help pay for welfare. This will only become more burdensome as the years go by. Already, tax increases are at a high and will continue in that trend unless voters act now. Vote in a candidate that will put a stop to unfair policies, which mandates citizens to pay-out, so others may unjustly benefit.
5. SOCIAL SECURITY
How many students hope to retire at 65? Is this even a reality now? As it stands, social security has been determined that it will go bankrupt by 2025. What happens then?
If you have not yet registered to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 9 is the last day to register as a new Pennsylvania voter. Visit luzernecounty.org under the section of Bureau of Elections to print a Voter Registration Form. If you are an out of state student, please consult the webpage of your home state for more information.
PA Voter Identification Law:
In order to vote in Pennsylvania, you are required to show a picture ID. Your Penn State Student ID is an acceptable form of identification only if it has an expiration date on the card. ID's issued this fall have the expiration date. If your ID does not have an expiration date, stickers can be obtained in the Housing and Food Services Office in the Dining Hall.
Students will not be excused from class to vote. Fortunately, the polls are open from 7 a. m. until 8 p.m. A van will be provided for those students registered to vote. The van leaves from South Hall all throughout the day. If you need transportation to the polls, please sign up in the Student Affairs Office in Butler.