Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day. On this day, the most important “fashion statement” you can possibly make is to wear your “I Voted” sticker proudly.
Whatever candidate your choose to support, whatever result you desire on the many ballot questions, today is the day you get to make your statement — VOTE.
Voting is the most important responsibility of citizenship. Make your voice heard. VOTE.
Following is the message I issued last week concerning Trinity’s attendance policy on Election Day:
TO: The Trinity Community
FR: President Patricia McGuire
RE: Civic Responsibilities: Election Day on Tuesday, November 6
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. I am writing to remind all eligible citizens in the Trinity Community that voting is the most fundamental part of our civic responsibility. I urge everyone to make voting a top priority. Whatever party you are, whatever position you have on the issues, make your voice heard, VOTE!
Trinity’s attendance expectations on Election Day:
Trinity is open and in regular session on Election Day. We do expect all classes to go on as usual. Faculty and students should plan their voting times with awareness of your academic schedules. Having said that, I also ask everyone to be sensible and understanding about potential lateness or absence due to voting — faculty, please do not penalize students who may have an attendance issue due to voting.
For all staff, please talk with your supervisors if you need some extra time for voting on November 6 — coming in late, leaving early, or taking time during the day. Supervisors, please be lenient and understanding. Our goal here is to support the exercise of civic responsibilities and we want Trinity to be a model citizen as well in encouraging staff, students and faculty to participate actively in our democracy.
As has happened in the past, some faculty or staff may be volunteers at the polls on Election Day. If you need to take the day off for this purpose, that is part of your general leave time, and you need to coordinate that with your supervisor. Faculty, please consult with your deans and use the standard course cancellation process if you are doing election work on Tuesday.
C-Span Bus Comes to Trinity on Wednesday!
For a very special way to debrief the election, Vice President Ann Pauley has made arrangements for the C-Span bus to visit Trinity on Wednesday, and this will be a great time to come together to talk about the election. Below is part of the message that Vice President Pauley issued last week:
The Presidential Election is on Tuesday, November 6. And the next day will be filled with the day-after election analysis. There’s a great way to learn how the election will shape the next four years — by checking out the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus, during its “Road to the White House” tour. The C-SPAN bus will be on Trinity’s campus on Wednesday, November 7, in front of the Library, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
Students, faculty, staff: Board the bus and learn about all of the in-depth resources that C-SPAN has to offer – both for learning and for being an informed citizen! On November 7, C-SPAN will be conducting post-election analysis and will also be covering a variety of D.C.-based events throughout the day on election results, analysis and issues to be faced by the president and Congress in the coming year.
The Campaign 2012 Bus is highly interactive via HD TVs, touch screen computers, laptops and mobile devices; visitors will learn about:
- C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 website, including video of candidates and campaign events, information on key state races and the electoral college and ways to follow the social media related to the campaign: www.c-span.org/Campaign2012
- C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage
- C-SPAN’s web offerings, including archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle
- Many ways to connect with C-SPAN including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio, and iPhone and Blackberry apps
And, of course, there will be free stuff! Take a quick advance tour inside the bus at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0t-KSYlatk The Washington, DC, C-SPAN bus tour is in partnership with Comcast.
Faculty: Please encourage your classes your classes to check out the bus – and if you have a scheduled during that time, come on by!
Students, staff, be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity!