With election time drawing near, I thought it would be good to discuss the importance of your vote. Many people believe that their vote does not count, but that is simply not true. In 1876 the Florida gubernatorial election came down to a difference of only 156 votes. This example shows that every vote DOES actually count. Think about the choice of clothes you wore today or whether or not you need that extra slice of pizza (the answer is always yes). You make these kinds of inconsequential decisions about your life every day, so why would you pass up a chance to make a decision about who is in charge of important governmental decisions? When it comes to the type of decisions that could affect tuition increases or scholarship opportunities, it is not the time to keep your opinions to yourself. Also, did you know you can vote early? This gives you the convenience of voting on your own schedule with shorter lines, and a broader range of dates and times to choose from. Here is the link to find where the early voting locations and times are in your county.

I, myself, will definitely be voting in the upcoming elections. Also, I was recently asked to participate in the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF) Presidential Fellowship Program along with my fellow KU students, Daniel Richardson and Daniel Hargrove. The purpose of the ICUF program is to organize student-led campaigns to support independent higher education. Are any of you familiar with the Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)? Well, the ICUF Fellows  campaign specifically for this grant. So, come March, the Fellows from around the state will be taking a trip to Tallahassee to speak with members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate to make sure this grant remains available for students who are Florida residents. Eventually, the Fellows representing KU will need your assistance with our goals, but until then, go out and better our community. Do your research, know which candidates are best for your views, and get out there and vote!

As always, feel free to email me with your comments, questions, concerns, and suggestions!

Your fellow KU student,