Our votes shouldn’t be rushed for your time-sake


Photo credit: Kristopher Carrasco

When it comes to choosing our leaders, voting plays a very important role in the process.

Let’s face it, if most people aren’t willing to take the United States presidential elections seriously, why on earth should any student on campus care about the ASCC elections?

The lack of student involvement is disturbing; there should be much more done in order to ensure that the importance of ASCC elections actually reaches the students, thus increasing participation.

The less students know about the student elections, the less likely a student is to vote.

Even if a student were to have voted, a student would be voting little to no experience with the candidates, aside from awkward campus approaches, creating a popularity contest instead of a real election.

For instance, there were many students who didn’t hear about the elections until the first day of campaigning.

Candidates don’t even get a full week to campaign, which is not only difficult on the hopefuls, but doesn’t get the message out effectively enough.

The message being that these future student leaders are going to be in charge of an over 1 million-dollar budget and plenty more.

If there were more days, let’s say maybe two weeks, for candidates to campaign outside on campus and in class rooms, there would be more potential to get students to participate.

The short time period of elections leaves out students who have classes once a week or who just aren’t conveniently caught in the mix.

The debate forums have been an issue in the election process as well.

The forum gives a chance to showcase to the public what each candidate has to offer, but how can it do that when the forum has been held in a smaller location.

This year the forum was held in BK-111/112, the small room that the average Cerritos College student won’t ever go in.

Voting is cool, but mainly when you know who and why you’re voting.

There should be a lot more of an initiative to get the average Cerritos College student involved.

There are always pep-rallies and celebrations for countless occasions on campus, so why not go all out with student elections?

Approximately 716 and 719 votes were cast for the presidential & trustee race respectively.

The voting booth should be packed with students getting ready to cast a vote, but sadly there’s only about 30 percent of students that vote.

These numbers are relatively small when compared to the approx. 23,000 students attending Cerritos College.

Sure there were flyers and some students in classrooms, but how effective is this at really getting a campaign across?

This is pretty insulting to both the candidates who put a lot of effort in the elections and the students who don’t even know what’s going on.

There seems to be this lack of enthusiasm for school spirit that is often ignored and this election has been no different.

Students are being left out of an important discussion because most of then don’t even get a chance to choose who to vote for.

Countless students who aren’t involved in campus activities don’t get an understanding of an election that very well has the possibility of making an impact on their student success.

There seems to be a big issue on the student aspect of the student body elections.