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The Blue & Gray Press | August 25, 2019

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Staff Ed: Jill Stein coming to UMW shows importance of political open-mindedness

Staff Ed: Jill Stein coming to UMW shows importance of political open-mindedness


With less than one week remaining before Election Day on Nov. 8, the presidential campaign has fully accentuated the bitter division between conservative and liberal American public regarding policy views of all kinds.

Although this divide in politics has become transparent, most evident through social media, we at The Blue & Gray Press continue to urge students to consider all candidates running in the election.

While we at The Blue & Gray Press have already declared that we will endorse no candidate in this election season, we strongly believe that exploring all options can benefit us all. By exploring the stances of other candidates on political issue, we empower ourselves with the knowledge and ability to make better informed decisions on policies that will inevitably impact us.

On Nov. 6, Green Party Presidential nominee Jill Stein will be speaking at the University of Mary Washington. Joining Stein will be Green Party Vice Presidential nominee and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka.

This event marks a major opportunity in which students can expose themselves to different ideas. Regardless of these decisions, being as informed of a voter as you can is important. This will be Stein’s last campaigning spot before Election Day.

This event, which will be open to all UMW students including the public, will take place this Sunday, Nov. 6, from 7- 9 p.m. in the Chandler Ballroom in the University Center.

While we at The Blue & Gray Press cannot emphasize enough the importance of voting in the Presidential race, we would also like to emphasize the importance of paying attention to all candidates and casting your vote in each race as local and county governments are the closest to the voters in impacting our lives. Down ballot voting is something we need to all take into consideration for this coming election as well.  

Regardless of where your values lie on the political spectrum, come Election Day, we encourage all students to exercise our most important right, which is continually fought for and defended by Americans today.