OPINION: There was no excuse to not vote

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If you didn’t vote, then I don’t want to hear you complain.

Unless you aren’t 18, aren’t a citizen of this country or have some special circumstance, you have no excuse for not voting.

If you didn’t register in time, that was your fault. There were countless voter drives on campus and you could have registered online.

If you didn’t have time to go to the polls on election day, that was your fault. You could have participated in advanced voting.

Don’t say you couldn’t make a choice between the lesser of two evils. You were not limited to them. Choosing not to vote is still making a choice.

Don’t give me the excuse that you didn’t learn about government and politics in high school. As terrible as your high school civics teacher may or may not have been, you are no longer in high school.

Don’t say you should have taken a politics class at K-State to understand how to vote. That would have been a waste of more than $800. And let’s be honest, you probably wouldn’t have even gone to class most mornings.

It was your duty as a citizen to educate yourself. The Collegian had a candidate election guide with profiles on several candidates, as did countless other news organizations. Candidates also have these amazing things called websites.

Voting was your job as a citizen and you failed. You failed yourself and your country.

Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.