On November 6 this year, after I finish
brushing my teeth, the next thing I’m going to do is go out to vote. And I urge
and challenge all of you to do the same. People come to Heller as students, as
faculty, as researchers and staff, because they care about making change
and positive change in the world. One of the fundamental ways that we make change in a democracy is voting. Sadly in midterm elections only about 40% of
people who are eligible to vote actually do so, and the numbers are even more
stark if we break it by age group. That’s why we’re urging you to get out to vote
in the upcoming midterm elections, regardless of your political
affiliations or views of the issues. Nothing could be more important at this
moment in time than voting. Now, voting requires you to first be registered, and
registering to vote can be a complicated process when many people, particularly
among students, are living far from home. There is a new website that’s been
created called TurboVote that was put together by a nonprofit group of people
to facilitate finding out how to register to vote, and making sure people
exercise their franchise. We encourage you to do that, and exercise this
absolutely important role in a democracy. You know, Louis Brandeis famously said
the most important role in government is that of private citizen. Thanks.