In this episode, Dr. Carjie Scott, College Talk Radio Show Host, will celebrate election season and encourage all eligible voters to vote! Dr. Scott will provide listeners with ways to prepare and inform themselves for this election season. Now is the time to vote for the leaders who represent you, your ideas, and the interests of your community.
- What’s on the ballot? – Vote411.org is a reputable non-partisan voting site that details everything on the ballot. Most Floridians will vote for their Senate representative, US House district representative, Governor, Attorney General, State Representative, Chief Financial Officer, amendments, court justices/judges, and more.
- Who can vote? – In Florida, American citizens can register to vote as early at 16 years old. To check your voter registration status visit My Florida Elections. To register to vote and check all voter eligibility requirements visit Register for Vote Florida.
- How can I participate in the election process? –Volunteers are needed to help encourage eligible citizens to vote. Political candidates seek individuals to serve as poll workers, donate to their campaigns, and spread the word about the positions they are running for. Local community organizers host free events to empower the community and encourage voting participation. For example, Chanae Jackson, The Accidental Activist of Gainesville, FL, is hosting several events to bring more souls to the polls.
- Is there an affirmative right to vote in the US Constitution? – No, it isn’t! According to Fair Vote, while the U.S. Constitution bans the restriction of voting based on race, sex, and age, it does not explicitly and affirmatively state that all U.S. citizens have a right to vote. Therfore, voting must be promoted, protected, and practiced. Learn how to make voting an affirmative right with Fair Vote. Affirmative action aims to address racial discrimination by recognizing and responding to the structural barriers that have denied underrepresented people access to jobs, housing, business ownership, and education. Affirmative action procedures are designed to; eliminate unlawful discrimination among applicants, remedy the results of such prior discrimination, and prevent such discrimination in the future.
- How does affirmative action affect college admissions? – Although this isn’t on the ballot, the fate of affirmative action is being considered by our Supreme Court. Many students, particularly Asian Americans, who have been denied from highly selective colleges, blame affirmative action. They believe that race-based admissions have decreased their chances of acceptance to college, no matter their academic achievements and extracurricular activities. One of the movement’s leaders to end race-based entrance is Edward Blum, CEO of Students for Fair College Admissions. Blum believes that affirmative action in college admission should be abolished. Mr. Blum, 65, has orchestrated more than two dozen lawsuits challenging affirmative action practices and voting rights laws across the country. Per the NY Times, he is behind two of the most significant cases to reach the Supreme Court: one attacking consideration of race in admissions at the University of Texas, which he lost; the other contesting parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, widely considered one of this country’s most important pieces of civil rights legislation, which he won. Race-conscious admissions tend to lead to more diverse college campuses, and research shows that diversity benefits all students. A 2019 American Council on Education study found that racial and ethnic diversity in education and the workforce leads to greater productivity, innovation, and cultural competency. However, the history of colleges in America from the 1600s and the 1800s originated in England with the intention of only admitting rich, white, Protestant men. As a result of this exclusion, during the 1900’s an emergence of colleges for non-protestant and poor white men, women, minorities, and African Americans (HBCUs) emerged. This created higher education systems of learning to benefit otherwise excluded individuals. As a result, HBCUs, for instance, still (even in 2022!) produce the highest number of Black doctors, lawyers, judges and STEM professionals. Also, it’s important to note the affirmative action in college admissions is typically only enforced at the most highly selective colleges: Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In fact, affirmative action is currently banned at public colleges and universities in about nine states, like Florida. California, for instance, voted to ban affirmative action more than 25 years ago.
- Tell us how you participated during this election season. – Comment on this post, and Dr. Carjie Scott will celebrate you live on Power Station 92.1 FM. Listen live on your radio or at powerstation92.com. This episode will air live on Saturday, November 5, from noon to 2p.
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