So… I don’t know if you’ve heard, but 2016 is an election year. Huh… who knew?
The election might not have much to do with art and design education at SCC (on the surface anyway), but it does have a great deal to do with being an awesome citizen. And, hey, artists are citizens too! In fact, our sense of visual sophistication means that we make citizenship look GOOD!
Del’s Shameless “Go Vote” Plea
All that said, this year’s election is particularly important given its potential for future influence. For example, the next sitting president will appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices. You know… those wrinkly folks in the unwrinkly robes who set much of the precedent for our society via their decisions on what’s legal and what isn’t? Yeah… kinda a big deal when half the Court may soon play a ginormous game of switcharoo.
So, because it’s extra crucial, I am offering extra credit to any of my students who vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and bring me proof. Please note that I’m not telling you HOW to vote. I’m just rewarding the meaningful act of braving the polls when you’d clearly rather be snuggled in bed awaiting a platter of homemade waffles prepared by a team of adoring minions.
Okay… but what if, despite my earlier kick-butt facts about the judicial branch of our government, you still think voting is a smelly waste of time (especially for people of the college-age persuasion)? I mean… I get it… everything sorta seems like the worst these days and, besides, there are just so many more enjoyable uses of one’s time… like, pretty much all uses of one’s time. Still, I suggest you try telling the youth of the United Kingdom that millennial voting doesn’t matter. They didn’t turn out in enough force to vote for remaining in the European Union, so Brexit fell into the hands of what turned out to be a crusty and disgruntled elder population. Don’t let that happen here. This is your country… help shape its future in a way that’s meaningful to you!
Enough Convincing… Back to Practicals
Now then… I mentioned you need proof to collect your extra credit. Don’t worry… I’m not asking for the heart of a poll worker in a jeweled box or anything. I mean… that’s okay for a cartoon about the importance of washing your fruit before you eat it, but this election is far darker and more ominous than a murderous fairy tale. Instead, I ask that you bring in your voter registration card plus the “I voted” sticker they give out at the polls. FYI: you don’t have to tell me who you voted for; I just want to know that you voted.
As a reward, you will receive 10 extra credit points in the course you are taking with me (if you have me for more than one class, you can choose which one gets the points). Of course, voting will also grant you the glow of fulfilled citizenship and you’ll make a difference at a historical moment and blah blibbity blah blah blah, but really… 10 E.C. points, amirite?
What, that doesn’t sound like much to you? To put it in perspective, 10 points represents 1% of your overall grade, which can and has made a quantifiable difference for my students in the past.
Even More Practicals
In order to vote in the November 8th election, you will need to register to vote by your state’s deadline if you haven’t already. For most places deadlines fall this week and next. Here are some handy links.
New Jersey Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18
New Jersey is not yet in the internet age, apparently, so registrations must be mailed or delivered in person to the commissioner for your county or the State Division of Elections.
Deleware Registration Deadline: Saturday, October 15
Delaware accepts online registrations as well as by mail or in person.
Pennsylvania: Deadline Tuesday, October 11
Pennsylvania accepts online registrations as well as by mail or in person.
So yeah… get on that!
Come November 8, I hope to share a kindred sense of vote power with each of you!