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The BG News
BG24 Newscast
November 30, 2023

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Duty to cast vote supercedes responsibility to attend class

Voting is important — everybody knows that.

Attending class is important — everyone knows this too.

Tuesday posed a problem to several students living on campus who survived long lines to vote in the Union.

Some students also opted to drive home to a neighboring county and cast their vote, fearing that voting by way of absentee ballot could cause counting problems.

The process of voting can take anywhere between 15 minutes and a couple of hours. Who’s to know?

Professors must understand the dilemma students face. They want to attend class and succeed in a course, but they also want to make their voice heard in a very emotional and close election.

Granted, we see the problem in a official exception to attendance policies. Any student could blow off the entire day and tell their instructors they voted. We can’t enforce honesty.

However, we urge professors to show some understanding in allowing students to bypass class — if it is the last option — to cast their vote in this election.

Attendance matters, both in the polling center and in the academic world.

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