Many citizens, including us students, are forced to choose between their government and going to a day of classes. Nothing has been done to ensure that us citizens can do both. While many other democracies make Election Day a holiday to ensure that the majority of people vote, this is not the case in the United States. It is abysmal that voter turnout has historically dropped below 50% with no bottom in sight.
This petition seeks to reverse the ever decreasing voter turnout, especially in the 18-24 year old demographic. By making November 2nd a campus wide holiday, the symbolic act is clear. Baldwin-Wallace College as an institution will help students fulfill the mission statement of becoming \"contributing and compassionate citizens in an increasingly global society.\" What can be more contributing to a society than exercising the right to vote What can be more compassionate than voting for a candidate that will best represent your views
Election Day should be considered to be a holiday on November 2nd, 2004 on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College. This is the only way that the promise of democracy can be fulfilled. This is the best way for people to consent to be governed. This is how our country can best function--with all of our voices heard in the political process.
The B-W Green Party and Students for Nader urge all students and supporters to sign this petition and vote on November 2nd regardless of party affiliation. The United States musters a 50% turnout on good election years. It is time for us college students to reverse this trend--\"We the people\" must rule.
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