Leo Tolstoy said that “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” Patience and time are the most significant aspects of life that most people struggle with and desire more of. They are also some of the main reasons why one third of U.S. voters do not vote, in my opinion. The first thing that comes to an average person’s mind when they think about election day are the long lines and when they are going to find time to vote. I would make changes to the election process to increase voter participation by remediating the two issues of the lack of time and patience.
The average eligible voter has a job during the times when the polls are open. Some people can go to the polls before or after work, but this is not the reality for everyone. One way to remediate this issue is to allow workers to have the day off or to excuse a few hours during the workday to allow people to vote. It is important that employers do not count those hours or day against the employees because that would discourage them from utilizing this option. Therefore, missing that time should not count against any accumulated leave and workers should be paid for those hours. An incentive that could be offered to businesses is a tax write off depending upon how many of their employees utilized that option to go vote.
Along with this contributing to time, it also contributes to decreasing the lines at polling locations. I’ve worked the polls for 3 years and what I recognized is that during the day (9am-5pm) the voter turnout is lower, and the lines are nearly nonexistent. However, the lines from 7am-9am and 6pm-9pm are painstakingly long. I can assume that this is due to the volumes of people coming to the polls before and after work. When you allow employees to come to the polls during the day, this will help decrease the lines at the polls. Decreasing the lines addresses the second main issue with the low voter participation, patience.
The average person does not have the patience to stand in long lines and that will discourage people from coming out to vote. However, when you allow people to vote throughout the day, it yields to an equal distribution of people going to the polls throughout the day instead of all at once before and after work. The equal distribution or voters going to the polls will yield to shorter lines. People will have more patience knowing that the lines are shorter.
Time and patience go hand and hand when it comes to voting and the election process. They are the main reasons why people do not come out to vote. Once these issues are remediated, I strongly believe that voter turnout will increase. It is important to note that this change will not occur instantly because the narrative around voting needs to change regarding how long it takes to vote. Once the narrative changes about the time it takes to complete the process, the one third of eligible voters not voting will decrease significantly.
I had an amazing opportunity to meet with my PSL mentor to ask her about her time at The Ohio State University and PSL. Below are some of the questions that I asked her and her responses. Brianna is a sophomore at OSU and agreed to be interviewed about her time at OSU. She was asked 11 questions so that I could get to know her better.
Brianna Bergenstin is a second year at Ohio State University from Cleveland, Ohio. She chose Ohio State because of the significant amount of scholarships that she received. She chose to be apart of the Politics, Society and Law Scholars program because of her desire to attend law school. She is currently double majoring in Environmental Policy and Strategic Communication. Her favorite classes thus far have been Logic and Legal Reasoning and Psychology of Environmental Policy.
Brianna loves OSU’s campus and believes that you can go anywhere in life with the resources that OSU gives you. Her favorite place to study on campus is the Fine arts library in the Wexner Center of the Arts. Her favorite memory on campus were the football games. She is very active on campus in her student organization such as Tri-Delta Sorority, Exec Board for College Democrats and works for Marketplace on Neil. One piece of advice that she would give about the transition from high school to college is to be prepared for the midterms; an exam can make or break your grade in college.
Hello! I am so glad that you decided to visit my E-Portfolio. I am a student at The Ohio State University majoring in Strategic Communications and double minoring in International Security & Intelligence and Campaign & Elections. I am originally from Lanham, Maryland (very close to DC). I am a Morrill Scholar (MSP) and Politics, Society and Law (PSL) Scholar. I love social justice and advocating for my peers. On my free time, I play volleyball, sit by Mirror Lake and hang out with friends! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I would love to speak with you about Ohio State or any of my involvements. Go Bucks!
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to host a Mental Health forum for students in Prince George’s County Public Schools. To the left is the flyer that I used to promote the event. This event represents something that I value and it is starting to be taken more seriously. Providing resources and ways to deal with one’s mental health is important to me. I believe that everyone should go to a therapist once a year the same way we go to the doctor once a year for a check up. We should take pride in our mental health in the same manner we care about our physical health.
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I intend to increase my global awareness to Study Abroad to learn and be exposed to different cultures.
I want to learn more about the criminal justice system in the United States and comparing it to other countries for effectiveness and its impacts on marginalized communities.
I want to take courses in Leadership Development and Corporate Management to grow professionally. My end goal is to work for a corporation in Public Relations. My goal is to maintain a 3.8 GPA or higher.
My goal is to become an active member in Mock Trial, The African American Voices Gospel Choir, Sisters of Society, Black Student Associations, Morrill Scholars Program & more!
I want to help African American women with leadership & professional development and the college application process. I also want to contribute to dismantling the school to prison pipeline through education.
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