Article by Gabi Zawadzka ’20:
Last week leading up to Election Day, 20 students from Kellenberg Memorial set out to Molloy College to learn how citizens can discover new sources reliable information related to the political candidates in the upcoming election. Hosted by Molly College, VoteSmart.org’s presentation was aimed to inform voters this election day.
Vote Smart, based in Montana, has one mission, to uphold informed democracy. Americans of all demographics were informed of the thousands of political candidates and elected officials and how they can research their past voting records, public statements, campaign finances, and other information regarding each candidate’s reputation. For those voters who aren’t certain of which candidate represents their political positions, there is even a quiz users can take to help them sort out the candidates by issues and positions.
Just as James Madison said, “People who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives,” it is our duty to protect our democracy by becoming citizens aware of the issues at hand.