Voice your opinion by voting Nov,6

Pete Costanza

The Nov. 6 election is just around the corner and will no doubt be ushered in by a chorus of students asking “are you going vote?” around campus in the coming weeks. The deadline to register for the presidential election is Oct. 17 and the last day to register for the California elections is Oct. 22. Yes, tis’ the season for political campaign commercials, debates, bashing, and door-to-door solicitors to flood the country with their persuasive agendas.

It is also the season of unrivaled complaint and dissatisfaction, be it about a lack of money for education, why Governor Jerry Brown is trying to raise taxes, or how much worse the world is now compared to four years ago. Most importantly though, it is the season where citizens who choose to vote and change these conditions can do so.

“This is going to be my first year voting,” said Du’praiseja Smith. “I feel that it’s important to vote because everybody should have a voice and let it be heard.” Smith, like many others, chastises those who complain about a president despite having not participated in voting.

“Voting is how everyone gets their opinions out, it’s

how the elected officials know what the people want,” said LMCAS Student President Jairo Vasquez. “Say we voted for something and the elected official goes against what the majority wants, then we can vote them out, it’s not just voting for law but who we want to represent us.”

Representation of student interest in the upcoming election is in dire need — LMC students may find a shortage of classes in the Spring semes- ter if Proposition 30 fails, as the district will have to cut $9 million out of its budget.

The language of the proposed increase is as follows: “Increases taxes on earn- ings over $250,000 for seven years and sales taxes by 1⁄4 cent for four years, to fund schools. Guarantees public safety realignment funding. Fiscal Impact: Increased