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College student votes doubled in last year

Jacqueline Gutierrez, Reporter

October 7, 2019

More college students came out to vote in the 2018 midterm elections than the 2014 midterms, according to a news release from Jen McAndrew, a source from Tufts University. “The turnout gap between students over 30 and those under 22 narrowed from 22.3 percent points to 16.9 points,” according to McAndrew. During the 2018 midterm elections, the voting rate of all Ame...

BC holds voter information seminar

Taylor Jensen, Reporter

October 17, 2018

Robert Price, a columnist at The Bakersfield Californian, gave an in-depth look of state propositions at the Bakersfield College library on Oct. 4. Price presented the California propositions on a slideshow and explained the "yes" and "no" voting options for each one. Initially, Price shared his thoughts on young people voting and its importance. "I think everybody should...

Con: Voting, should it be done?

Chris Miller, Reporter

February 3, 2016

Your vote doesn’t really matter. Those are not the kinds of words any American voter wants to hear. Unfortunately, when it comes to electing which candidate becomes President of the United States, these words ring true. As most informed voters are aware, there are the popular votes and the electoral votes. The popular votes are the votes cast by the majority of participating...

Pro: Voting, should it be done?

AK Pachla, Copy Editor

February 3, 2016

Over the last twenty years in America, and indeed in many western democracies, many people, especially young people, have felt disenfranchised. Looking at the state of the world’s largest democracies, people are starting to feel as though government is not for them. As a result, many have come to the conclusion that their participation can only serve to prop up a deception. British...

STAFF ED: Overview of confusing propositions explained


October 31, 2012

There are plenty of issues to be decided on Nov. 6, the official general election day. The Rip’s editorial board has broken down some important issues and is giving slight direction to those who are looking for it. These choices are being made based off information from the official voter guide, and the political debates, and disregard the numerous campaigns on television,...

BC professors express importance of vote

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

October 31, 2012

With the elections coming up this November, Bakersfield College professors spoke on voting, it’s importance, and what it means for students. Steven Holmes, professor of political science at BC, felt that voting is always important. “Elections are the essential component of any true Democracy,” explained Holmes. “It gives people the opportunity to voice their opinions...

STAFF ED: Prop. 30 a bandage for education

Omar Oseguera, Photo and Multimedia Editor

October 3, 2012

They say you can’t put a price on education, but it is clear that is not the case. Proposition 30 is calling for a sales tax increase, and an increase to personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers. The motive behind this is to help fund public education, and if it does not pass, colleges will face severe cuts and tuition hikes. This situation puts one of the...

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