Letters to the Editor

Today is National Voter Registration Day. Eckerd’s chapter of Florida PIRG Students has written four Letters to the Editor for the occasion, and to help get as many Eckerd students to register to vote as possible.

Here is a quote from Alexandria Gordon, Florida PIRG at Eckerd Chapter Chair: “While most parts of our lives as students seem to be on pause right now, one thing we can't lose momentum on is making sure we are prepared to get our voices heard in our Elections. As the largest and most diverse generation alive right now, young people have a chance to make a real impact in our country if every eligible voter participates in elections.”


Our voices must be heard

By Alexandria Gordon, Florida PIRG at Eckerd Chapter Chair

To say 2020 has been a difficult year would be an understatement. From the pandemic to the California wildfires, to the five tropical cyclones brewing in the Atlantic, there is simply a lot going on. It can be so easy to feel powerless, and honestly, I’ve been there. What keeps me going, however, is the fact that my generation is the largest and most diverse group of potential voters in the country. We have so much power to make a change if our voices are heard clearly. The easiest way to do this is by registering to vote. Florida PIRG Students is working across the state to register 10,000 young people at 16 college and university campuses to vote in the Nov. 3 elections, and we have until Oct. 5 to do it. You can make your voice heard by heading to studentvote.org to register right now, and by sharing this link with the people in your life! We all have the potential to shape the future if we participate.


The Youth Vote will Impact our Democracy the Most

By Sofie Alexander, Florida PIRG at Eckerd member

Voters between the ages of 18 to 29 make up the largest and most diverse group of potential voters that the US has ever seen. The key word is potential, these voters' turnout rate is low, according to an NPR article by Asma Khalid. About 46% of the people in this age group turned out to the polls in 2016, and they make up thirty-eight percent of the electorate. 

Increasing the youth voter turnout is important leading up to the Nov. 3 election. Young people have their own issues that they care about and want to see change. 

Across the state, Florida PIRG Students plans to register over 10,000 students to vote and make 50,000 Get Out the Vote reminders before the upcoming election. 

We have worked hard on the New Voters Project Campaign to increase youth voter turnout all across the state. In 2018, we were able to register over 10,000 students before the midterm elections which led to record-breaking turnout at Eckerd and a number of campuses. With our past experience, we know we can do this again. 

With less than 15 days until the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline, time is of the essence. I am asking everyone to register to vote and get vote ready at studentvote.org. We all need to make sure that our voices are heard this fall, and we will do exactly that by increasing the youth vote.


Does Youth Voter Turnout Matter?

By Kylie Andersen, Florida PIRG at Eckerd member

Our generation has grown up through a changing political atmosphere, recently we have been faced with the challenges of a global pandemic, a collapsing economy and the civil unrest among our country. Challenges are still arising, and we all have our own issues that we care about, however, youth voters need to make sure their voices are heard in November and make sure they are registered by Florida’s Oct. 5 voter registration deadline.

Young people make up the most diverse and large group of the voting population, but we are not turning up to the polls. That’s why Florida PIRG Students is reaching out to over 10,000 students at 16 college campuses across the state and providing them with the resources to ensure their voter registration is up to date and that they are registered using our online voter registration tool, studentvote.org. Young people in America can have a huge impact on the future of our country, but to do that they have to register and go to the polls on Nov. 3.


The Youth Vote Can Change Our Democracy

By Morgan Colton, Florida PIRG at Eckerd member

Democracies only work if people vote, and currently, our generation is failing to actively participate in our democracy. Our generation is less likely to vote compared to our grandparents’ generation. Consequently, our voices merely whisper for change instead of calling out loudly to our representatives that we demand change - the simplest solution is to vote. 

Young people need to make informed decisions and vote this upcoming November, due to the monumental change we can enact at the national, state and local level. We can change our country, one vote at a time. 

With the deadline to register to vote in Florida, Oct. 5, rapidly approaching, there is only one thing to do — ensure that you are registered to vote at your current address. By going to studentvote.org and registering to vote for this upcoming November, you can do your part to make a difference for our democracy and truly become the change you wish to see.

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