Lack of student presence felt during midterm elections


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Election Polls show lack of student participation

Voters may have turned out in droves on Tuesday to participate in the midterm elections, but Missouri Southern students were few and far between at the polls.

A survey of 50 Southern students conducted on Nov. 4 in the Lions Den revealed that only 34% of students actually had or planned to vote.

Many students cited distance from their registered county as a reason for sitting out the vote.

“I would have voted, but driving home to where I am registered to vote just wasn’t feasible with my class and work schedule,” said junior criminal justice major Jordon Miller.

Senior political science major Cory Garr mentioned that he believed distance played a key role in the lack of turnout from the college demographic, but that a general lack of interest may also play part.

“The other thing is money– we are all broke college students,” said Garr. “We don’t have as many assets at stake as someone who is already earning $80,000 a year with a family. We don’t have that topic to unify us.”

Garr cited millennials’ tendency to gravitate toward community service as a reason they may not be turning out, as well.

“Our focuses are just different,” said Garr. “We are very involved with the community and non-profit organizations, it just doesn’t seem like students are as interested in politics.”