Messages to the Community

On the Importance of Voting

A message from Dr. Dwight A. McBride, President and University Professor

As we approach the upcoming midterm elections, I want to take this opportunity to urge everyone in The New School community who is eligible to vote to exercise that right and responsibility.

Voting is essential to a thriving democracy. And in the cases of many marginalized groups in the U.S., it is also a hard-earned right that is now, once again, under attack.

It’s a sad truth that a spirit of complacency can sometimes settle over us during election season. We tell ourselves that midterm elections do not matter, that our votes do not count, or that we are “safe” in a city like New York. However, history–notably, recent history–has proven that these assumptions are wrong, and the outcome of this election is far from certain.

Midterm elections have consequences. Those elected to Congress, governors’ offices, and legislatures will be making decisions and setting policies on crucial issues that impact our economy, education, public health, reproductive rights, and other fundamental civil and human rights. This election is as important as ever. As our city and nation prepare for Election Day, consider which issues are the most relevant for you, your family, and your communities, then cast your vote for the candidate who best represents your views. Remember, representation matters, and voting matters–exercise your right.

I have cast my vote. Won’t you join me?

Onward and upward.

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