VESTAL (WBNG) -- Roughly 75% of students in Prof. David Campbell's Civic Engagement class at Binghamton University have signed up to become poll inspectors in this year's general election.
Professor Campbell said he had a Broome County Board of Elections staffer speak about the importance of poll workers and that the class, overall, has highlighted for the students just how important a ballot is, adding, "Not voting is actually voting. When they choose not to vote they give away their power. Now they realize that voting is actually a way of using their power."
The students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, say that they agree.
Jaclyn Jew, a senior, says she is doing it because she wants to give back; Owen Carmody, a sophomore, says it's his civic duty and he wants to observe how democracy works; and Lina Morse, a freshman, says she wants to get involved.
But they all agree: that voting matters.
As of now, the students do not yet know where they will be placed on election day, but say that they are looking forward to it.