College Conservatives Maranatha Chapter is a Registered Student Organization dedicated to providing information on candidates, office holders, ballot measures, and current event issues to the students, faculty and community surrounding Maranatha Baptist University.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Election Day: April 3rd, 2012

A Primary Day Opinion
Written by CCMC Editorial Staff

It isn’t hard to mock democracy. Writers and orators throughout history have taken stabs at mob rule and uneducated voters. Winston Churchill quipped: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Jay Leno scorned: “If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.” In 2008 Dave Beard described the race between President Obama and Senator McCain: “Our presidential race is beginning to sound more and more like Harry Potter's duel with the Ministry of Magic.”

The message is not only clear but also consistent: The pool of politicians is pathetic and the average citizen apathetic and ignorant.

It would be easy to write harshly. We 18-24’s have better access to political information than any preceding generation, yet statistics scream that we read less, care less, and vote less. 

I do not think writing a blog will change that, but I do believe someone ought to remind my generation that in our representative democracy decisions are not made be the majority. Please understand decisions are made by a majority of those who vote.

Tuesday, April 3rd is Election Day.

Tomorrow, Wisconsin votes.
Most know this election will determine which GOP Presidential candidate will receive Wisconsin’s 40 delegates. But unlike the Presidential primary, where your vote is one of millions throughout the United States, many local races—with local ramifications—will be determined by a handful of votes.

Be prepared: 
Maranatha students received a note from Vice President of Business Mark Stevens on Friday. In it, Mr. Stevens explains: 

  • Campus students vote at City Hall (head east on Main St. from campus, take left on 2nd Street, travel two blocks north to 106 Jones St.). 
  • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • In order to vote, Maranatha students need BOTH their Student ID AND their current semester’s school bill statement. 
  • The Business Office distributed statements in campus mailboxes for this purpose. Statements can also be printed from Student Portal.

Presidential Primary: 
The GOP race is down to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul. Many experts propose the real race is between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum—others argue the race has been over for months. Regardless, please invest time into determining which candidate matches your political, social, and moral ideals. 
An extensive comparison can be found here. The Southern NH 9.12 Project’s work is well footnoted and frequently updated. 
Wisconsin Family Council published a more concise comparison found here.

A proposal for a $6.2 million project to fix and renovate deteriorating parts of local schools is on Tuesday’s ballot. Citizens of Watertown have the opportunity to decide whether this referendum passes. Watertown Unified School District published a webpage dedicated to this referendum. Please check out their page, found here, and investigate the issue further. Most students do not pay Watertown taxes, therefore, if you do not feel comfortable voting on a measure that you have no monetary stake in, or do not feel adequately informed, you do not have to vote.

School Board:
Five candidates are running for three positions on the School Board of Watertown Unified School District. The five people running include: Dennis Rambo, Mark Putra, Kurt Larsen, Jennifer Hepp, and Meri Christensen. Little can be found on this race online, however; talking to faculty and staff on campus about the candidates could prove to be helpful.

CCMC Election Day Table:
CCMC will be hosting an informational table in the DC on Election Day. Stop by for information on different candidates, the referendum, to get information on carpooling options to City Hall, or just to chat with the awesome CCMC Cabinet. Anyone who shows an “I Voted” sticker will be entered into a drawing for a CCMC T-Shirt!