The Campaign

Tyler Borges, Managing Editor

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     A colorful piece of paper is slipped into a decorated ballot box at the front of a lunch room just a few days before homecoming; the content on the paper is an unknown name and the winner is a surprise up until it is announced. This is a scene from any school when it comes to voting, except for Fivay. As of recently, Fivay has had some problems with students campaigning for spots on homecoming court and for superlative titles in the yearbook.

     This year voting for homecoming court and senior superlatives was accomplished through bombarding any device capable of accessing social media. The new voting system that was used this year is entirely online and this meant the website had what we can call a “troublesome” link that people trying to get on court had plastered all over their pages, stories, tweets, and any way they could get to their class’ voters.

     Whenever you have a URL to something like voting polls, you have to expect people are going to link it to their snaps; even I posted one or two things on my own story this year. By using a link voting is made easy, but some of the people in charge of voting were shocked at the number of voters for the student council, homecoming, and senior superlative elections.

     “Some people were able to win by bringing up the fifteen people they were sitting with at lunch to vote,” complained Coach Bullwinkle (the head of student council and the person who bought the voting system), “there should be no reason only about 80 people voted from each class.”

     But unlike most of the runner-ups who posted full-blown collages on their stories, and spent hours and tons of money on photoshoots with nice outfits, some people were able to win court with only a few posts and the fact that they are just likable people. It’s just a matter of being a good person and treating others nicely, not using platforms to promote yourself.

     “I’m not the type of person who goes out and tells people ‘vote for me,” informed Journey Hanna (‘19), a candidate for the Worst Driver superlative, “that’s disgusting.” Many people like Hanna believe homecoming court and senior superlative winners should be at least somewhat of a surprise.

     While this new voting system didn’t entirely corrupt the whole inner workings on who represented each class, it did make it harder for people on social media.

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Social media gets the word out, but it can also create an overly competitive atmosphere out of a situation that is supposed to be fun and lighthearted”

— Macie Helms

     In all, just go up and vote, and even “run” if you want. But some advice is don’t go all out with campaigning on social media for homecoming court or senior superlatives. If you want to win you should post a few things and maybe talk to a few people, but if you’re just generally friendly and liked you may have a shot for homecoming court in 2019 without the “Vote for me” posts. If you have a problem with who won this year, VOTE! Let’s not have the same mindset of young voters during midterms who say: “My vote doesn’t matter because…”. Your vote matters, but give it to the people who deserve it, don’t get distracted by fancy pictures. Even I need to take a step back from the madness of this year’s homecoming competition.