Repeating the results of the historic 2008 presidential election, voters at campus precincts overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama on Tuesday. An exit poll conducted by The Daily showed that 88.11 percent of campus voters favored granting the Democratic candidate a second term.
A recent study by the Stanford Psychology Department has shown that voter turnout can be significantly increased in state and national elections by using nouns instead of verbs–that is, asking people if they are “voters” instead of asking them “to vote.”
While I well understand the principled stance taken by John Haskell in his Op-Ed of April 6, practical considerations compel me to state my reluctant opposition to it. It does not seem to me that adhering firmly to established moral principles will in this case necessarily lead to the best practical outcome, as Mr. Haskell himself would probably define it, this campaign week.
We are Tenzin Seldon ‘12 and Joe Vasquez ‘11 and we are looking to be your next ASSU Executives. We have been actively involved in the Stanford community both inside the ASSU and out and are looking to bring a new level of inclusion, relevance and excitement to student involvement. We are running to make a difference in a real way, to bring diverse and rich communities together and to work on issues facing every Stanford student.
To vote abstain is to have a nuanced opinion, to have an understanding of the implications of the vote this Thursday and Friday and to know that this vote has the greatest effect on not one, but two marginalized communities who deserve greater voice than they are being afforded. It is not a stance on ROTC and in fact brings together both sides.
Many would argue that turnout is relatively low because the ASSU doesn’t have an impact on the day-to-day lives of students, but this notion is incorrect. If you are a member of a student group, or even if you attend an event hosted by one, you are benefiting from the ASSU funding process. The influence of the ASSU is also evident in something as simple as reserving an Old Union room — the current online system exists because, two years ago, an Executive administration created it.
Today is Election Day, and for many student activist groups at Stanford who have spent the past weeks participating in campaigns and organizing voter-awareness efforts, it’s the moment of truth.
Stanford students have recently taken action to prepare for the upcoming elections. Monday marked the last day to register to vote in California, with a wave of student initiatives accompanying the arrival of that deadline.