The current election cycle has caused many to question the seriousness of the Office of the President of the United States as well as the direction of this nation. While it seems as though certain candidates are making a mockery of the Presidential office, I would like to believe that our democratic system is created in such a way that the voices and needs of American citizens will be heard.
In order for this system to work properly, U.S. senators and representatives and state elected officials must be in place and work effectively for their constituents—and represent all of the people they were elected to serve. Voting for senators, house and local representatives allows the checks and balances system to function. It is for this reason that I stress the importance of voting in ALL elections, local, state and federal. It is far too often that voters only turn out for presidential elections and do not engage in local elections and policy-making decisions.
As your SGA President, I have led efforts in registering students to vote and will host an event highlighting all open Louisiana political seats on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot. Follow org.sync for more details. I encourage all students to pay attention to policy issues and the political platforms of each
Sierra Blanchard-Hodge, SGA President
Xavier University of Louisiana
Oct. 18, 2016
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