Votes make impact

Civic Duty — Students wait to cast ballots for midterm elections. Photo credit: Courtney Russo

Students turn out for midterm race This year’s general election shifted control of the U.S. Senate from a Democrat majority to a Republican majority, changing the overall balance from a Republican House and Democratic Senate to a fully Republican controlled Congress. Ed Gillespie, former chair of the Republican National Committee, …

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Green Party Former elementary school teacher Elaine Hildebrandt is running for a seat in the U.S House of Representatives in Virginia’s 6th District in the upcoming election. Elaine Hildebrandt is the second Hildebrandt to run for Congress under the Green Party this coming November. Her husband, Ken Hildebrandt, is also …

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Libertarian Party Will Hammer, running under the Libertarian Party, is looking to gain a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in this year’s general election. Hammer was born in Staunton, Virginia, and grew up in the area. Hammer received his bachelor’s degree in economics …

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Republican Party Robert Hurt, a Republican, is the incumbent U.S Representative of Virginia’s 5th congressional District in the House of Representatives. Hurt, 45, is seeking a third term after first being elected in 2011. Hurt was raised in Chatham, Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1991 …

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Green Party Dr. Ken Hildebrandt will represent the 5th district in the state of Virginia as he runs for the U.S. House of Representatives Nov. 4. Hildebrandt worked in New Jersey as a former chiropractic physician for 13 years, but he left his practice when he felt called to enter …

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Republican Party Bob Goodlatte, a Republican, is the incumbent running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District. Goodlatte, 62, is seeking a 12th term after first being elected in 1992. Since then, Goodlatte has won each of the elections by a wide margin, …

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Democratic Party The candidates are separated by district and are placed in alphabetical order by last name within their districts. The general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on polling places, visit​. Lawrence Gaughan, a Democrat, …

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Libertarian Party Paul Jones was born and raised in western New York. He moved to Charlottesville while he was in high school and has since lived there for almost 50 years. After high school, Jones passed the College Level Examination Program, which gave him the equivalent of two years of …

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Registration approaches end

LUXURY — Students enjoy convenience of voting in Vines Center. Photo credit: Joel Coleman

Efforts made to avoid low student voter turnout on election day During the 2014 Lynchburg City Council race, several people, including Montgomery Pace, chairwoman of the College Republicans of Liberty University, sacrificed much of their time to motivate students to vote. When only 198 showed up at the Liberty precinct, …

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Voting values


With elections only a month away, the political circuit is abuzz with all the latest campaign rhetoric. Every candidate is pushing the next best “five-point-plan” to flourishing freedom and an extraordinary economy. Naturally, nearly every citizen seems instinctively excited about the possibilities ahead. After all, we have lived through a …

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Registration drive begins


The voter registration deadline is fast approaching, with the Student Care/Conduct Office receiving registration forms until Oct. 8. After this date, students will need to hand in their forms to the city registrar’s office by Oct. 14. This will allow students who register to vote in the midterm elections to …

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It matters


“American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver’s license age than at voting age,” philosopher Marshall McLuhan said. McLuhan may have a point when it comes to the majority of youth in the Western world. However, the Liberty University community is different. As a Christian society, voting matters. …

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Election impacts

Falwell encourages students to vote With Lynchburg City Council Elections approaching May 10, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell said he would like to encourage students to participate in the local political process. “It only takes a small turnout to make a difference during these off-season elections, 3,000 votes is all …

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Make a difference, cast a vote

Liberty University administrators voice opinions about the importance of student participation at the polls As I observe the students around me, I notice little things that say a lot. One of these little things is the attitudes displayed in Convocation when President Jerry Falwell urges students to vote, or when …

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All Americans deserve the right to vote

DISENFRANCHISED — In 2010, 5.85 million Americans could not vote due to a prior felony conviction. Google Images

Past imprisonment should not disqualify felons and ex-convicts from participating in the democratic system Attorney General Eric Holder has recently been ramping up his actions within the Department of Justice in contrast to his first few dormant years under the Obama Administration. With this new second wind, Holder has been …

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