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Head to polls, cast vote for change

Nov. 7, 2006

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STAFF EDITORIAL

For those of us who didn't participate in early voting this year, and that is a lot of us, this is our last chance.

It's our last chance to make a difference and our last chance to make our voices heard until 2008.

The only problem is that the vast majority of people our age don't care at all, which is pathetic because this midterm election is more important than any other midterm election in a long time.

The U.S. House of Representatives is completely in the air, and Democrats are waiting to snatch it away from Republicans.

If the Republicans win, the nation will continue unabated on the current path it's on.

If Democrats win the majority of Congress, there will be a sweeping change in legislative philosophy, but with a Republican president in the White House, the government will be in a virtual standstill.

Gov. Rick Perry is threatening to run away with the gubernatorial election, despite his very controversial and highly debated Trans-Texas Corridor plan, which all three of his primary competitors have spoken against.

If you have any opinion on the direction of this nation, then you have a responsibility to vote, and time's running out today.

You may be asking, "What does the government do for me?"

If you have student loans, the government does a lot for you, and it's not all necessarily good.

The federal student loan rates continue to rise and if voters 18 to 24 don't vote, then the government has no reason to help us out at all.

And why should the government care?

Our age group has never made it a priority to vote.

According to a study by George Washington University, in the last midterm election, 82.8 percent of people age 18 to 24 did not vote.

One of the most disturbing trends is that you can't even count on college students, those who are supposed to be the future of our nation, to vote much more than you can a high school dropout.

Even in the 2004 presidential election, about half of young adults didn't even bother to register to vote. Of the half that did register, just one-third cared to make it to the polls.

The bottom line is, you have no excuse not to vote this midterm election.

In order for democracy to work, we have to participate in the election process.

But if you don't, who cares?

It's only your life, money, freedom, beliefs and religion on the line.