Elsa Hoover is president of EC Votes, a student organization on campus.
Decision 2020: City leaders joining Earlham College for panel discussion about voting
September 21, 2020
A public virtual panel discussion about the importance of voting will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25. The public event is sponsored by the Earlham College Office of Events and EC Votes, a student club on campus.
Related link: Visit go.earlham.edu/vote to join the panel on Zoom
The panelists include Dave Snow, the mayor of Richmond; Doug Goss, councilman for District 1 on the Richmond City Council; and Julia Vaughn, the policy director of Common Cause Indiana, a nonpartisan organization that works to promote open, ethical, and accountable government.
“This is the first time most students get to participate in a national election. We want to support students during this historic moment in their lives,” said Elsa Hoover, president of EC Votes and a junior peace and global studies major from Portland, Oregon.
“Data shows that young people historically don’t vote and represent the biggest voting bloc in elections,” she said. “There’s this kind of trend where they are done with voting and done with politics in general. Politics don’t seem to cater to issues that are important to them. While I agree with them, that’s precisely why I think it’s so important to vote.”
Nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, may change that, Hoover notes.
“I think younger voters may now see two distinct paths; one where you can vote and be involved in the traditional process; or a second path involving protest and activism,” she said. “In my mind, you should do both. If the person you want to win wins the election, there’s no reason to stop protesting and being an activist. I’m trying to connect those two things together for younger voters.”
Related link: How students can vote in Wayne County, Indiana
In addition to the panel discussion, EC Votes is organizing voter registration drives in advance of the National Voter Registration Day deadline on Sept. 22, via TurboVote, a nonpartisan, online platform that helps users register and receive election notifications and reminders. With a student body representing nearly all states, the majority of students cast absentee ballots in their home states, but many choose instead to vote locally, Hoover said.
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