Are you voting in the 2012 presidential election?
Many of the students at Shippensburg University will come to polls to vote for the first time this year for the presidential election.
Students across campus have many different opinions on why they are deciding to vote during this year’s election.
Subjects students discuss include, student loans and tuitions and medical coverage, lack of jobs and the country’s economy.
Many of SU’s students have not only become interested in voting and making a difference but also can see the power and a duty of voting on Nov. 3 and having a voice.
Jerry Cooley Jr., a human communication major and senior at SU was only 17 in 2008 when Obama was elected into office and missed the cut off date during that election to vote. Because of this, he is very interested in being a part of this year’s election.
One of Cooley’s concerns is ObamaCare. He stated that everyone is equal and everyone should have the opportunity to help themselves and have insurance and health coverage.
“I feel like it is significant to get your voice heard and you can actually make a difference by voting and not many other countries have that opportunity to vote. There are not many countries that actually have the ability to have someone in office that you actually voted for.
This event doesn’t happen every day so that also makes it very important,” Cooley said.Crystal Coles, a human communications major at SU, is voting for Obama to have the next four years in office.
Coles said she liked the way Obama gave more details about his intentions for the country in the recent presidential debate.
Planned Parenthood and adjustment of the current Obama Healthcare are just some of her concerns.
Coles is concerned about these areas and was afraid that Mitt Romney if elected may take those programs away.
Cole said that she knows plenty of people and family members that have benefited from different programs and will be without if Romney takes them away.
She also stated that she did not feel that Romney gave specifics in his campaign on what he would do to make things better.
When asked what she would tell someone who doesn’t think they are going to vote, Cole responded, “I would ask them why they wouldn’t vote; and remind them that this is their opportunity to be heard. You want know what is going on in your country so why not vote and let you voice be heard.”
The next president elected will also appoint at least three more seats on the Supreme Court.
It does not matter what party you prefer or what issues you have. If you do not vote you do not count.