On Tuesday, the Georgetown Hoya student newspaper published a somewhat provocative editorial calling on students to not register to vote in the District and rather to vote absentee in their home states.
The reasoning behind the piece was that with D.C. disenfranchisement in Congress and its guaranteed three electoral votes for Obama, students would “get more bang from their ballot” by voting in more competitive and consequential elections back home.
There’s some undeniable truth to this reasoning, but it’s myopic. The editorial throws a bone to the admirable D.C. Students Speak effort, but kicks the legs out of that campaign by stating “it’s evident that poor student turnout in D.C. has been problematic.” In other words, because students don’t vote here, why bother voting here?
The heart of the editorial points to the slim 537 votes that George W. Bush beat Al Gore by in Florida in 200. It notes that 250 current Georgetowners are from Florida and concludes that “you never know beforehand if voting will make a difference.”
[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]
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