New web platform could improve dismal voter turnout

Student Government here at Lane had another election with honestly embarrassingly low voter turnout last spring. Only 90 people voted, less than 1 percent of students. This is an issue that should be addressed early on this school year so we can hopefully have some things changed before the next election.

Part of the reason for this is OrgSync, the website students need to use in order to vote. “It’s good because people can do it from their home but the downside is that most people aren’t aware of it or how it works,” Cairo Smith, ASLCC Senator, said.

I agree with Smith’s assessment for the most part. While OrgSync is a great online tool for each of the clubs at Lane, the average student doesn’t want to worry about another website on top of MyLane and Moodle.

Lane should condense OrgSync and Moodle down into one website with a clean interface and a single secure login. This could be used as both a forum for communication between students and their instructors, keeping Moodle’s format in that sense, but also a social media site between students to help unify us as a community college.

“People don’t have time to research a soap opera and figure everything out,” Smith said about ASLCC. It is really hard for students to research who needs to represent them while balancing school and work.

Yes, the ASLCC meetings are public and they have done a good job so far this term with approaching people and letting their presence be known. But without the ease of use and flexibility of a clean website for people to have a conversation about these things, comprehending Lane’s political landscape is a chore.

Now that it’s my second year at Lane I feel a bit tired of being stopped on my way to class by various groups trying to get me interested. I always oblige if I have the time, especially since I work here at the Torch I go out and poll people on campus about their opinions.

If students could easily ask each other questions in a public online forum it would take away from the amount of times a student has their day interrupted by campus organizations.

With a Lane-specific social media website students could figure out who they are going to vote for during their free time instead of trying to piece together Torch articles and the limited information they get from ASLCC on-campus campaigning.

Without a place to voice your opinion about who to vote for it feels like it doesn’t even matter in the first place. If Lane created a social media website for their students I think we would see unprecedented voter turnout, and a much stronger connection between students in countless ways.