Working so close to HRL(housing residence life) at the front desk, allows me to listen in on the ridiculous things that happen. These past couple of weeks have been all about getting the student population to vote, so there’s been tables set up in the lobby where they try to get students to register to vote and/or fill out an absentee ballot. I’m all for encouraging people to vote and all…but some of these kids are ridiculous
Staff: Are you registered to vote?
Freshman1: Uhm I think so…
Staff: What do you mean you think so?
Freshman1: Actually no, I’m pretty sure my mom did it for me.
Staff: Would you like an absentee ballot?
Freshman1: What’s that?
Staff: *blah blah blah*
Freshman 1: Oh my mom’s filling that out for me.
Freshman 2: Do I check the primary election box or the general election?
Staff: Uhm we’re not sure. We’ve just been telling people to check primary cuz it sounds right.
Me: Hey I’m pretty sure it’s general election…the primaries happened a while ago…
Staff: oh…oops… okay check the general election box.
Freshman 3: *checks mail* What is this??
Me: Looks like your absentee ballot.
Freshman 3: What? Oh… How do you fill this thing out?!
Staff: Well start off with the first box…are you voting for Mccain or Obama?
Freshman 3: uh I don’t know yet. I have to call my dad and ask him.
Me: Are you serious…
Freshman 4: Hey! I got my absentee ballot!
Freshman 5: Weren’t you supposed to mail that by now?
Freshman 4: I’m supposed to mail it somewhere?
Freshman 5: I don’t know…
Freshman 4: I thought I was just supposed to take it somewhere to vote…oh well.
Not all of these “Freshman” are freshmen. A few residence here are sophomores…but honestly, with the way they act, I can only assume freshman. I’d be even more disappointed if they were sophomores.
Now I think it’s great and all, encouraging this generation to vote, but not when it’s basically giving their parents two votes. Parents leave you at college telling you not to get drunk off your ass, not to do drugs, or don’t have sex before marriage and all that good stuff. Yet you do it anyway, cuz you have a mind of your own and choose to make your own decisions on life. But when it comes down to voting on the bigger picture, you whimp out and run back to mommy and daddy. Now I know voting is a new thing and all, even I had to ask my cousins for some assistance. But at least I went in knowing who I wanted to vote for and why. I did my research, they were just there to supply me with more info. I think it’s ridiculous when you’ve reached the age of 18 and you’re still taking home laundry for your parents to do, or allowing them to fill out your absentee ballot simply cuz you haven’t got a clue. I can only hope that those parent double votes are going out for the right guy.