Below are your search results. You can also try a Basic Search.
Today, Nov. 8, two extremely close and pivotal elections will be held in Pennsylvania. Polls in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano show Shapiro leading Mastriano by just 10 points. The Senate race, on the other hand, has Republican Mehmet Oz toe to toe with Democrat John Fetterman, with Fetterman leading by a mere 0.4 points. The gubernatorial and Senate races will be critical in shaping key issues like education policy, abortion rights, and health care policy.
If last year’s election taught us anything, especially as Pennsylvania voters, it’s that every vote matters. In Philadelphia, we were able to watch as the commissioners live-streamed the counting of our city’s votes, which ended up being critical to the outcome of the presidential race.
2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 years old for all elections in the United States and prohibited age-based voting discrimination. With this passage of the amendment, 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds were recognized as fully-enfranchised citizens, and in the 50 years since, youth voters have actively exercised this right to shape our democracy.
As we approach the end of an unprecedented academic year, students have much more to think about than politics. Still, it is important that students bring their enthusiasm from this fall to the present and vote on May 18, 2021 in the local Philadelphia primary election. Even though the election will occur after finals and commencement, Penn students must still make their voices heard.
Every four years, presidential elections capture the public’s attention and put politics to the forefront of public discourse in the United States. Meanwhile, local elections occur in Philadelphia every two years and are equally as important, yet they receive much less attention from both the media and the public alike. With a local primary election coming up in Philadelphia on May 18, it is critically important Penn students understand the importance of the offices and ballot measures that they can vote on, because student voters will make a difference.
With the 2020 election over and a new presidential administration sworn in, it is understandable that many students feel politically fatigued. The events of 2020 and early 2021 have left many shaken, maybe making us want to tune out or disengage from politics. However, with another election coming in Pennsylvania on May 18, 2021, it remains more critical than ever that Penn students remain civically engaged.
Election season can be an exciting time, when emotions run high and patriotism is at its finest. On Tuesday, many enthusiastic students arrived at the polls ready to vote only to be told that their names were not in the roll books. No one is more disappointed about this than Penn Leads the Vote.
“Have you voted?” The chances of someone asking you this question today are enormously high. Penn students proved in 2004, 2006 and 2008 that our opinions deserve to be heard. We should not let down our school, our civic duty or ourselves. Let’s vote again in 2010.