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In this edition of SLCC Talks we talked to students about the stir that Russell Brand made in an interview where he talks about not voting, and asked students if they are planning to vote.
Q: “How do you feel about voting? Are you planning to vote in the next election?”
Adam Mickelson, Radio Production
A: “I think ‘The West Wing’ quoted it best when Leo McGarry looks at the president and says, ‘I’m sick and tired of voting for the lesser part of who cares.’ I can understand that point, I can see where a lot of people would say voting doesn’t really matter because the guy you don’t want is gonna get elected anyway. I still think it’s an important part of the process. You should still, as a citizen, make your vote heard, or your voice heard. I can get his viewpoint [Russell Brand] on not wanting to. I am [planning to vote].”
Conor Thompson, General Studies with an emphasis in Acting
A: “I feel that he [Russell Brand] has a very valid point, especially if he’s talking about our [U.S.] electoral system. Then it does make a lot of sense to not vote. Just because you vote doesn’t necessarily mean that’s what’s going to happen. I mean, a president or an official can be elected without the popular vote, so it just seems a little redundant. Locally, it’s better because then – our choices do matter and our votes matter and we have a voice here. But on a national level, it’s just not as much fun, I guess you could say. Yes, I’m going to vote even, besides what I just said. I feel it’s important to let people know what I think and cast a vote even though it may or may not affect the outcome.”
Tyler Gross, English
A: “Not [definitely.] I’ve registered to vote, but I don’t know who’s running. I’ve been looking at some of the issues and I know one of the candidates in the Republican electorate and just a few scandals that have been reported in The Salt Lake Tribune. That’s about it. I have seen a lot of attention with Russell Brand lately, that’s about it though. I really don’t know too much about it. But about not voting just because – as a sign of – like a declaration kind of – voting is something we’ve been given, it’s a right; it’s something some people don’t have. I think, even though the electoral vote doesn’t really matter, it’s still good to take advantage of your freedoms.”
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