February 29, 2016

Collegiate speaker series focuses on election process

With the 2016 Presidential election right around the corner, colleges of Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College, University of Akron, Baldwin Wallace University, John Carroll University and Case Western Reserve University have put together a series of speaker panels discussing the political process and how it relates to the presidential elections and the importance of appealing to younger voters.

The series features a number of guest speakers. The first speaker was Kyle Kondik, an Independence native whose new book, “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President” will be released later this year.
Kondik’s speech of the same subject kicked off the series at Cleveland State’s Main Classroom auditorium on Friday, Feb. 26.

Amanda Cates, a 22-year-old Kent State geography major, said she thinks the series will be a good way to reach young and new voters.

“The 2016 election will be the first presidential election that I’ve voted in,” Cates said. “In 2012, I felt like Obama was going to be re-elected no matter what so I didn’t see a point in going to vote, and I felt like my vote really wouldn’t have made any difference.”

But with so much controversy already surrounding the candidates of both parties, Cates said that she felt like she should be more informed and that her vote might really change something in this election.

“When I started to hear all the stuff that [Donald] Trump was saying, I just felt like it was really time to get involved,” Cates said. “But I do want to know more about how this system actually works, so when I found out about this series, I thought it sounded like a really cool way to learn more and will keep me out of the depths of the internet.”

Jennifer Santora, 26, a sociology major at Cuyahoga Community College, agrees that the series is a good way to reach younger voters.

“In this election where candidates like Bernie [Sanders] are really appealing to younger voters,” Santora said, “I think that it was really smart for all these schools to sponsor something that can help to inform people who are just interested in politics or someone who is new to the process.”

The next speaker in the series will be Amy Walter, who will discuss “The Presidential Primary Process” on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m. at John Carroll University. Admission is free.

For more information or to register for an upcoming event, you can visit www.eventbrite.com/politicallyspeaking.


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