One of the things I love about working at a Community College is being in contact with young people. I'm very impressed with this generation. For the most part I find them thoughtful, idealistic, and committed to making a difference in the world. Maybe it's because of 9/11, maybe it's because of the Great Recession, but I really think that this generation is going to be like the one that grew up with WWII and the Great Depression, another 'Greatest Generation'.
Like them, I hope that today's young men and women realize the power of voting. The nation needs to have their views represented. Unfortunately there are those who spread old myths about voting like, "Don't bother, your vote won't make a difference", or "There are plenty of other people who are voting the way you would anyway, so your vote won't matter."
The truth is that every vote does count and it is important. But six million Americans didn't get to vote during the last presidential election because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. But fortunately it just got a lot easier with online voter registration.
Now, any U.S. citizen and California resident with a driver's license and a social security number can securely register to vote online at www.registertovote.ca.gov.
With so many critical issues facing our colleges, state and nation, it is essential that all Californians eligible to vote register by October 22 and participate in the November 6 election.