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In next week’s issue, The Brock Press will be featuring candidate info for the upcoming BUSU elections, including the platforms of those running for each of the executive positions. These candidates in particular will be running for the most notable positions, as in many ways, though not exclusively, the BUSU executive is responsible for much of what the student union does to impact student life on a large scale.

Every year, there are plenty of reasons thrown around as to why students should be voting. First and foremost, it’s your right and duty; obviously you should keep in mind that not everybody gets the right to vote, so it’s a valuable right that should not be squandered out of laziness or apathy.

Furthermore, it’s directly tied to your experience at Brock, as you are one member of a relatively tiny voting pool that gets to decide which four people will be working full time for your benefit, taking in full salaries, holding offices and representing the school in various ways. For another view on why it’s important to get involved, you can even read Chairman of BUSU’s Board of Director Christopher Yendt’s views on the topics in last week’s issue, or online in his piece “Your democracy in action”.

Lastly, it’s really easy. Compare the two-week BUSU campaigns with that of Prime Minister candidates, and you’ll realize that it’s not that much to simply read up on the candidates and vote online. The voting is even available through an e-mail sent directly to you, if the thought of voting in person at one of the many booths located around campus near your classes is too much for you to bear. The people responsible for arranging these elections aren’t just “leading a horse to water”; they’re irrigating the stables with a man-made river of sparkling filtered spring water.

Those in their final year who argue that the election results won’t affect them should keep a few points in mind. First are the afore-mentioned arguments about rights, duty, ease, etc. God forbid you do something that isn’t directly for your own good. However, you should also note that the incoming first years can’t vote, so you, the (arguably) most experienced and mature members of the student populous at this time, do the voting for them. Again, try to focus on “the greater good”, and not the time you spend getting informed and voting that could otherwise be spent binge watching Friends on Netflix.

Lastly, what I find to be a very interesting reason to vote doesn’t actually concern the present, so much as it does the legacy of Brock itself. By voting, and by getting your friends, coworkers and any other eligible student you know to vote, you’re having a direct effect on the ongoing momentum that Brock’s voting students have garnered over the years. As far back as 2007, only around 1,370 students voted in the elections, a number which by 2013 was raised as high as 4,875 students. While the increase hasn’t always been steady or consistent, on average the student votership has improved, and given how easy being informed and voting has become, there’s no reason it should stop.

This election season, do your part for the past voting students and those to come, by learning what each candidate is passionate about and voting for who you think will have the best effect on your university. Be sure to read up on the elections in The Brock Press’ featured coverage and Internal News section, as well as through BrockTV’s elections coverage.

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