Horoscopes Week of March 23rd

EMMA WOOD
HOROSCOPES

Aries: You need to seek an outlet to feel in control as you begin to struggle with your conscience. Look for a project that you can distract yourself with, or friends that you can vent to.

Taurus: Don’t let the communication drop with people who reached out to specifically you. They want to reconnect for a reason. You clearly mean more to them than you think.

Gemini: Connecting to your friends through your passion is a very special moment of bonding. Let them see what makes you happy and the craft you have been practicing.

Cancer: A friend in need will require you to set some of your personal time aside in order to comfort them. Your time and patience will not go unnoticed, and they will be unbelievably grateful.

Leo: Remove your blinders as you have been extremely focused on one job or person. You’re cutting yourself out of all the potential possibilities that are in your blind spot.

Virgo: Have you considered that failure is very possible when trying to succeed. It’s something to keep in the back of your mind, but don’t let it control you living your life.

Libra: Look to understand the emotion behind everything can be your form of control. You’re giving a new meaning to the things around you based on your own terms.

Scorpio: Losing an opportunity does not mean it’s the end of the world. There is more out there waiting for you, you just need to go find it. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

Sagittarius: While you are usually someone that thrives in chaos, right now you need to find something stable to balance yourself. There’s enough chaos outside of your life, no need to make it personal.

Capricorn: When an opportunity for change is presented to you, take this as a sign that you should accept it. Whether it leads to success or not, it may result in some amazing memories.

Aquarius: You may find yourself struggling with who you are and how others perceive you. Now is the time to concentrate on spending time alone to rediscover yourself.

Pisces: If you have a haunting suspicion that you’ll be receiving some negative news from someone in your life, it’s best to face it head on. Don’t be afraid to be honest with your worries.

The inability to vote frustrates young voters

JORDYN BRADLEY
SPORTS EDITOR

The Michigan Primary took place March 10. This particular primary was crucial in the Democratic presidential race, as Michigan is a swing state, making the voting results here particularly important.

However, voting for younger voters proved difficult during the primary due to issues with absentee ballots and limited precinct options in larger areas.

In the couple days leading up to the Michigan Primary, students on campus (and all throughout Michigan) still hadn’t received their ballots in the mail, or their applications weren’t processed.

“I was confused when [my absentee ballot] hadn’t arrived as late as the day of the election, but as I was walking back from the mailroom to see if it arrived, I got a call from my county clerk saying they would not process my application,” said Caden Wilson (‘21).

College students took to Twitter about their issues with absentee ballots, describing how it seemed like young voter suppression. The majority of college students are only able to vote absentee due to them being too far away from home.

“It started becoming more and more apparent that most of my friends who applied to vote via absentee ballot didn’t receive them,” said Emma Wood (‘20), who created a Twitter poll to see how many people were genuinely able to vote absentee.

The results were staggering.

“It felt like I only knew 1 person out of 8 that managed to vote absentee,” said Wood. “I was curious to see how that compared on a larger scale, so I made the poll on Twitter and asked friends to retweet it to try to go beyond the Alma campus.”

Based on the 62 people who responded to Wood’s poll, 50% were able to vote via an absentee ballot with no issues. With those statistics came the other 50%, who were unable to vote due to their ballots arriving late or not arriving at all.

Some students were able to go to their home precinct and vote that way, but many had to forgo voting entirely, due to night classes, work or other prior obligations. The Alma College Young Democratic Socialists of America (or YDSA) even offered rides to students who still needed to vote.

This was not only an Alma campus issue. Michigan State University was scrutinized for having limited precincts for their 50,000 students, making it impossible for every vote to be counted in time for the polls to close. MSU began trending on Twitter, as time-lapses began circulating of the students in line to vote. Many who did get their votes in had to wait upwards of three hours, yet many had to leave to make it to their classes or to work.

Students should not have to choose between their education or being able to cast their vote in the election. Both things affect their future, as well as their current lives.

“I felt confused and frustrated,” said Wood. “I felt so terrible for all the other people who were so excited to vote and couldn’t.

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