Dear HSU students, faculty, and staff,
As you are very well aware the 2012 Presidential Election will be on Tuesday, November 6 this year. We would like to stress the importance of this election and ensure that you are well informed about this election and registered to vote.
There have been several governmental decisions, which have deterred people from participating in our election processes. However, this is an opportunity for students and the community alike to take an active role in the direction of our future.
This year in California we are now able to register to vote online. The process is quite simple and any resident with a California state driver's license or ID card may use the online voter registration system to register. To register online through the Associated Students of Humboldt State University please click here.
It is very important that we educate ourselves on the many state ballot initiatives that voters will decide in November. The California Secretary of State has provided an online voter's guide so that voters may learn more about the initiatives that they will be voting on. Please take a moment to view the online voter's guide here.
One very important ballot measure this year is Proposition 30. Proposition 30 is a tax initiative that would increase state sales tax and income tax for incomes over $250,000 and would directly benefit the California State University system. If Proposition 30 were not to pass it would cut the current year CSU budget by $250 million, and the HSU budget would be cut by $5.5 million alone. Another proposition to pay attention to is Proposition 38, as it is another significant measure for the California education system. The Associated Students of Humboldt State University and the CSU Board of trustees have each passed resolutions in support of Proposition 30. The link to the AS resolution can be found here (pdf).
The decisions made in this November election will drastically affect K-12 and university students of California. Here is our opportunity to create positive change. In addition, the Associated Students will be hosting a Voter Registration event this Thursday, October 18 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the University Center, South Lounge. Stop by and register to vote, or just enjoy some free pizza. Please help spread the word to your peers and colleagues, and have a wonderful rest of your semester.
resident, Associated Students
Rollin C. Richmond