Alexander Hamilton wrote in No. 68 of the Federalist Papers that appointing the chief magistrate or president of the United States is one of the few political processes that has escaped â€œsevere censureâ€ or â€œreceived the slightest mark of approbation from its opponents.â€
He said that, â€œIt was desirable that the sense of the people should operate in the choice of the person to whom so important a trust was to be confined.â€ He also said that only men most capable of analyzing a candidateâ€™s ability should be entrusted to cast their ballots.
While Hamiltonâ€™s argument dealt with election of Americaâ€™s top leader, the same principles apply to election of all politicians, from county commissioner to president.
Over the years, suffrage has evolved to include men without property, women and African Americans. At the current, every U.S. citizen has the right to elect a few to represent Americaâ€™s millions.
But before a person can vote, they must register in the county in which they live. And guess what, Rams; today is the deadline to cast your ballot in the Nov. 2 election.
This election, though not as publicized and anticipated as that which took place in November 2008, is equally, if not more, important.
The feud for Congressional District 4, between Rep. Betsy Markey and Cory Gardner, is heating up and the showdown between Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck and Sen. Michael Bennet is shaping up to be a close race. Not to mention, Larimer County is going to have to pick between three sheriffâ€™s candidates â€“â€“ a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent.
Today, members of the Associated Students of CSU will likely be on the Lory Student Center Plaza to register the remaining political stragglers. To get signed up youâ€™ll need a driverâ€™s license and social security number.
So get over your passivity, CSU, and register to vote.