EDITORIAL: Engaging in National Politics

Students from across campus gathered last week for a non-partisan effort to register Cornellians to vote in advance of Friday, the New York State deadline to register to vote in primary elections. By manning voter registration tables in convenient locations around campus, the project’s architects endeavored to reduce the complexities of registering to vote and increase civic engagement among members of the University community. These efforts, although early before the election more than a year away, help make democracy more accessible to students on campus, particularly in advance of an election season set to have momentous implications for higher education. As the 2016 election approaches, students across the United States face a growing number of hurdles — tuition is soaring, student debt is at an all-time-high and federal Pell Grants are in the crosshairs. As the announced candidates offer the American public distinct reform policies and visions for the future of higher education, it is imperative — now more than ever — that students have a say in the democratic process.