City College professors encourage ‘sleeping giants’ to vote

Students joined in for a live discussion on the importance of voting

City College professors encourage sleeping giants to vote

Deserie Larios, Staff Writer

When presenting his observations about the upcoming 2020 Election, San Diego City College Political Science professor Nicolas Boushee was clear about the importance of voting by 18-24 year-olds.

“They are the sleeping giants,” Boushee said.

Bouchee was joined by fellow Political Science professor Masahiro Omae to present at the 2020 Rock the Vote event on Oct. 15.

A group of approximately 20 students watched the event on Zoom, which was also live-streamed on YouTube.

The Political Science professors discussed how to participate in voting, ways to stay informed and why voting participation is important.

Want to learn more about the propositions? Visit City Times Guide to the 2020 Ballot

Tips offered by the professors to help students at San Diego City College vote included getting to know the candidates and different propositions to make the best-educated decision. 

They offered a nonpartisan voter guide as a resource that presents just the facts without personal opinion. Find it here,

Omae and Boushee urged students to not leave voting for someone else to decide.

“Voting is the first step in a long journey to change things,” Boushee said. 

The last day to register to vote and receive a ballot by mail was Oct. 19. But if you missed the deadline, the presenters made it clear you could still vote.

During the 14 days prior to and including Election Day, Conditional Voter Registration allows same-day voting citizens to register and vote at their polling place or local county elections office. 

Those provisional ballots will be processed and counted once the county elections office has completed a voter registration verification. 

In-person early voting starts Saturday, Oct. 31 and closes Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The San Diego City College polling location will be at Harry West Gym on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Election Day from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Find your local polling places here.