“Someone who only knows one country, knows no country.” Those were the wise words of the New Yorker, Seymour Martin Lipset, not in the context of international travel but in politics. Numerous Americans are still confident the world revolves around the USA and only around the USA. However, for those who find at least a bit of truth in Lipset’s statement, they will recognize democracy elsewhere in world, specifically in Germany.
A flag waves in front of the “Bundestag” in Berlin, Germany. The building’s construction took almost a decade before being completed in 1894, and, after extensive reconstruction in the 1990s, it currently houses Germany’s parliament. Photo by Pxfuel
As Election Day 2020 begins moving from standing in lines and voting to watching phones and TV screens for indications of who might be America’s president, college students could possibly make all the difference in America for the next four years. Our MBU Timeline student journalists took photos today and penned their observations on this historic day.
The sun is barely peaking over the roof at Parkway South High School as voters line up first thing in the morning to cast their ballots in today’s election. At around 7 a.m., when MBU Timeline staffer Jack Gienke took this photo, there were a few hundred voters already in line. Voter turnout could reach a record high today. Photo by Jack Gienke
One of the founding tenets of our country is the right of the citizens to have a role in their government, and they do this by voting. Today, too many people are giving up the right to have their voices heard, especially in local and municipal politics. Low voter turnouts and disengaged demographics have led to important elections being decided by a meager percentage of eligible voters.
Twin Oaks Town Hall, located on 1381 Big Bend Road, in Twin Oaks, Missouri, is home to a typical voting station Americans find throughout the country on every election day. Understated and unassuming, but it is polling stations across America where the nation’s most important business takes place each and every election day. Photo by Jack Gienke
Some are calling the Nov. 3 Presidential Election the most important vote in modern history, others are saying nothing much will change in the United States of America regardless of the outcome. But what about college students, and specifically college journalists? What do our MBU Timeline writers say about this topic?
Protesters with signs march on Washington, D.C., in August of 1963, proving then what we know now, just how important it is for us all to vote in the presidential elections. The original black and white negative was taken by Marion S. Trikosko, colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd. The image is archived in the U.S. Library of Congress. The background flag is a photo taken by Lucas Sankey and provided copyright-free on Unsplash. The graphic composite is by C. Allin Means.