Democracy, democracy, democracy. That’s all we’ve heard in the last couple of weeks in regard to last week’s Associated Students Inc. elections. But how can one credibly evaluate these elections, and speak about the necessity for choice when only about 900 students of around 36,000 CSUF students voted in this election?
This is a significant drop from last year’s election where roughly 3,000 students voted, but even that was a pathetically low turnout.
ASI governs one of the largest student bodies in the state and has a multi-million dollar budget, yet students didn’t take this into account when they passed the ASI voter booths during their class-to-class routine.
Health and Human Development students, who are arguably the most involved students in CSUF non-academic activities, had one of the lowest turnouts: 16 students.
They did however turnout in a higher number than the College of Education. Only three future teachers turned out to vote, and only two of the votes actually counted, because one of the write-in candidate’s names was spelled wrong.
The Daily Titan stands firmly behind the notion that in order to have democracy, there must be choice. But democracy also requires voters.
We cannot continue to argue that the reason for this apathy is the commuter characteristic of this campus.
We at the Daily Titan find that students argue about a lack of substantial funding, limited school spirit and wearing CSUF sweatshirts, but do they even vote? Can they identify the flaws of this university’s student administration?
Before we can begin a battle of political legitimacy, we first have to demonstrate political consciousness.