2012 is going to be the biggest vote year ASA has ever seen! As of October 2012, ASA is second in the nation in the number of students we have registered to vote!
In order to truly make higher education affordable and accessible, students must play an extensive role in the election of their federal, state, and local decision-makers. By simply becoming a larger proportion of the voting constituency, students give politicians substantial reason to prioritize the issues, like higher education, that affect young people most.
We saw proof of this in the recent elections when young people turned out to vote in record highs and dramatic victories for students, such as the cutting in half of federal loan interest rates and the passage of policies aimed at reducing the cost of textbooks, shortly followed. In order to continue this trend, we must ensure deep student engagement in all elections.
Therefore, ASA will maintain its commitment to registering and mobilizing student voters throughout the elections, and work to provide resources that increase access and ease to the registration and voting process.