By Alexias Brasfield and Ashley Flete
Voting in presidential elections is usually the first thing that comes to mind when most of us think of being politically involved. Though it’s true that voting for the highest office is important, the changes that mostly affect our day-to-day lives are local elections.
Like many, most of our time is focused on national politics. Voting for mayor, and your other local representatives, could mean the difference between creating the change you want to see or witnessing changes with which you don’t agree.
However, every two years, the nation goes to the polls to elect the entire House of Representatives and at least one-third of the U.S. Senate. In many recent elections, the balance of power in the legislative branch is up for grabs. This election will provide plenty of opportunities for both political parties to take control of one or both chambers of Congress.
The importance of the legislative branch cannot be underestimated. The Congress is the institution where laws are made, oversight of the executive occurs and, as importantly, money is raised and disbursed. As outlined by the founders, Congress is an equal branch of government along with the executive and judicial branches. Therefore, electing the members of Congress is a way for American citizens to affect their government.
Campaign week at Florida A&M University is always the most anticipated time of the year. Students become extremely involved with student elections in efforts to promote change on campus. Is this same energy exerted towards local and state elections?
For the full article, pick up the January/February 2018 issue of ONYX Magazine