Today is the day ladies and gentlemen….today UNC students will have the opportunity to vote for their 2014-2015 Student Body President. Between you and me, I am glad it is finally coming to an end.
It has been a great election season filled with ups and downs, wins and loses. Each candidate has worked hard to earn support, be transparent, and vocalize their platform ideas. From an outsider looking in, UNC’s SBP elections are often similarly compared to the U.S presidential elections.
However, similar to the U.S presidential elections, voter turnout is not 100% here at UNC. Of a school that has roughly 19,000 students enrolled, only a mere 5,488 students voted in the SBP elections of 2013.
I know right…I was surprised too! You would think that when a student body is given a chance to cast their vote on an online poll, more students would participate. But sadly, that does not seem to be the case.
For any of you who do not know, UNC’s SBP election polls are available on the university’s webpage called Student Life. There, students can sign in using their personal student account and cast their vote. It takes at most 3 minutes…and yet, not even a third of the student body voted in last year’s elections.
This obviously correlates to the U.S presidential elections. I am not too sure of the statistics, but it does not take a genius to know that voter turnout is not nearly as high as it should be in our country.
So I began to ask myself…why is this the case? Now I know I could probably write a book analyzing voter participation…heck, I am sure someone already has. But instead, I tried to consider some “non-conventional” ideas that are not normally the mainstream reasons behind low voter turnout.
And this is what I found:
Please note…these are meant to be presented in a dry sense of humor kind of way.
Instead of typing out a long summary of the two ideas I found perusing through the Internet…I decided to post two videos that pretty much sum up two “non-traditional” possibilities as to why students at UNC and citizens in general do not participate in political voting.
1. We would rather vote for American Idol!
2. Who wants to vote on a Tuesday????
In regards to mass media:
To all my JOMC 240 peers…these videos are what I found when I searched “voter participation” on YouTube. I can’t help but wonder if these videos popped up first given that I am a huge Gabriel Iglesias fan and also I love watching Ted Talks.
Similar to our discussion in class, the Internet filtered out videos that would not spark my interest and provided videos with comic relief or educational inspiration (common themes of videos that I watch on YouTube).
Although this made my search very simple, I can’t help but wonder what else is out there that I am not able to see. I would be curious to see the search results for each of you, if we all searched the same thing.
And while you happen to be online………..DON’T FOREGET TO VOTE! The link is below!