ASST. CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
Social Work 363: Social Work Practice 3 Working with Groups and Organizations put on a Voter Info Forum on Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the library. Refreshments in the form of tasty baked goods were provided for all who attended. Eight students and Professor of Social Work Laurel Brown led the event, educating other students on different propositions and candidates, as well as providing a flyer on different information ranging from voting by mail to early voting. This event was a follow–up to their community outreach project, which was a voter registration tabling event where they helped people register to vote outside the Campus Inn at lunch time. According to third–year Hailey McCord, who was one of the speakers at the event, the Voter Info Forum was meant to “further encourage people to do their civic duty to vote, or empower them to know that they can vote and their vote matters and what they would be voting for.”
The forum started with a video from the ATTN: exclusive YouTube channel, called “President Obama Doesn’t Have Time For These 7 Excuses Not To Vote.” This video included President Obama refuting the most popular reasons people say they are not going to vote: I don’t care about politics, I can’t relate to the candidates, my vote doesn’t matter, midterms are boring, I don’t know the candidates well enough I’m uninformed, I don’t know where I’m supposed to vote, and I don’t have time to vote. The video was funny, informative, and took less than five minutes to watch.
Then, they moved on to explaining the different propositions on the California ballot. Propositions tend to be confusing for many voters, as there is so much misinformation that gets spread, but the group broke them down for attendees (for more information on the California propositions on your ballot, visit thequakercampus.org). The group explained exactly what each proposition did, as well as their pros and cons. Each part was informative and worded in a way that anybody could understand. McCord, who had been too young to vote before, especially learned about Propositions 1 and 2. “A lot of the ones that were about homeowners and all the different property tax . . . were very confusing to me because they all seemed like the same thing, but once we looked into things . . . there was more depth to it than I was aware of.” The last thing they did was quickly explain the basics about some of the candidates running for different positions like Dianne Feinstein and Kevin de León, who are both running for United States Senate.
For an election recap see page 2.