State Hornet Staff

What you are reading right now was supposed to be a giant list of every ASI candidate with endorsements from the Hornet’s editorial board of who we think you should vote for because of who that person is and what they stand for.

We were supposed to tell you what we thought about each person – in fact, almost every candidate was generous enough to give us his or her time and explain what they thought about the issues relevant to our campus and our lives as students here at Sacramento State.

Well, Sac State, we messed up.

We had the interviews. We put in the time. We still don’t have a final product for you.

This week at the Hornet, we had a massive internal failure – not necessarily a failure of the system, but a failure because we are humans and humans make mistakes.

Instead, what I’m here to ask you is to vote.

You can go to asi.csus.edu to download a voter information guide. In the guide, you will find short bios from each of the candidates and their stances on some issues. These issues may or may not be important to you, but what is important is voting.

Last year, 3,361 people voted in the ASI elections – approximately 12.66 percent of the eligible student voters on campus.

The 2012 presidential election saw the casting of more than 129,000,000 votes, which is approximately 43 percent of the entire population of the United States and 62 percent of the eligible voting population of the country, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

If a country so imbued with feelings of lacking in political efficacy and apathy towards politics and the political process can muster up 62 percent of its eligible voting population, why can’t Sac State?

Why are we satisfied – pleased, even – if we get slightly more than 10 percent of the Sac State population voting? That’s outrageous.

That, Sac State, is the definition of apathy. As the editors for this newspaper, we see, read and write about your actions as a community that help others grow and flourish. We know the depths of some of your understanding and caring for people less fortunate than you. We know you are not apathetic.

Our time here is limited, which means it is all the more important to vote during these four (or, as it has been recently for many, more) years we are here.

Do your part. Read the voter information guide. Decide for yourself who would be the best candidate.

Use your voice.