By Kevyn Collier-Roberts
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
With Super Tuesday at a close, the results from the primary elections have set the tone for the beginning of the race, separating the weak from the strong. However, voters all across the state of Michigan are anticipating their turn to cast their votes and have their voices heard in the primary election on March 8. Any registered voter in Michigan is able to participate in the primary election. According to the law, it is required that voters make their ballot selection either in writing by completing the Application to Vote/Ballot Selection on Election Day, or on the Absent Voter Ballot Application form if they are unable to be present on the primary election date. Seeing as though this is the first election as President Obama’s term comes to an end, it is rather important for voters to participate in the various voting opportunities coming up this year.
Launching a campaign that would allow voters to cast ballots online is a convenient and simple thought. But considering the idiosyncrasies of each person’s vote, the inability to verify each online voter, and lack of security, an online election is too much of a threat to democracy, experts say. The technology of the 21st century has made it so virtually any daily chore can be completed from a desktop, tablet or smartphone. Marie Wicks is the East Lansing City Clerk, Freedom of Information Act Coordinator, and proponent of voting online. Wicks said an online election would expand political reach and inspire youth.
President Barack Obama made a historical event at Michigan State University on February 7, 2014. He signed the farm bill, which ensures farmers with crop insurance, and allows people to buy fresh locally grown produce at an affordable price. Debbie Stabenow, who is the senator for Michigan, was the one who pushed this bill. It took her three years to get it though congress. Obama greeted the audience with a powerful “Go Green” so show is Spartan spirit.
In the final days leading up to the election, students on campus with both the Romney and Obama campaigns are working hard in their final get-out-the-vote efforts. Will Staal has been volunteering with the Romney campaign since August. The MSU junior said he got involved because the implications of the this election couldn’t be greater. “For people, especially my age, we’ve had enough time of sitting on the sidelines and letting people in Washington make our decisions” Staal said. “I just wanted to stand up and fight for a cause I believe in.”
By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer
LANSING, MI. – Old Town Lansing residents said President Obama has re-joined the presidential race after his performance in the first debate. According to CBS News, many Americans said Mitt Romney won the debate. However, the second debate was a tie. Old Town Resident Amy Kwiatkowski said, “I think Obama represented himself better in the second debate due to his knowledge of the subjects discussed, his persona and he did not try to bash Romney as much as Romney did him.”
Old Town resident Ryan Hodges, who is not even an Obama endorser, felt Obama won the second debate against Romney. “I dislike him, but he represented himself better,” Hodges said.
With issues like abortion, the economy, the war, and the deficit polarizing voters across the country, Rose Keane asks the students and faculty of Michigan State University’s Lansing campus what issues are most important to them. Healthcare and the deficit were the most commonly given answers.