Editor's note: The following was submitted by Courtney Dufford, a junior at Carleton College.
On Oct. 23rd, many Carleton College students, faculty, and staff came out to the Bald Spot (Carleton's campus quad) to raise our voices in opposition to the proposed voter restriction amendment. With this demonstration, Carleton community members joined the voices of others at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, among others, in opposition to this costly and detrimental legislation.
This amendment will directly disenfranchise students by eliminating same-day registration and making students unable to use their college IDs as a valid form of identification. Young adults are already an underrepresented demographic in our political system, by placing further barriers between individuals and their right to vote, this amendment would discourage our participation and silence our voices. As Carleton's mission statement says, our education serves to prepare us to become citizens and leaders capable of finding solutions to local and global problems. How will we be able to put our learning into action if we are directly discouraged from ever joining the conversation?
Vote NO on the voter restriction amendment.