Deadlines are important in life, especially the deadlines that you can’t extend despite your best efforts.
I feel compelled to go on a brief tangent and mention that today is the last day to register to vote online in Illinois.
At UChicago, the math department is notorious for having only allowing students to miss their math finals for their own funerals.
With all of this in mind, let’s go to Virginia’s George Mason University, where Miley Cyrus was just campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
On October 22nd, she came in like a wrecking ball, telling students that they should vote for Clinton and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine this election cycle.
It is normal for campaigns to deploy surrogates to areas that fit their backgrounds. Barack Obama has of course used Bruce Springsteen as a surrogate in the past, and Montana Senator Jon Tester has even done fundraisers with Pearl Jam!
What makes the Cyrus campaign swing noteworthy is that, while on campus, she asked students “if they were registered and planned to vote.” The election’s deadline is of course November 8th (not November 28th as Donald Trump famously said). Cyrus asking students if they planned to vote of course still makes sense. However, the deadline to register to vote in Virginia was the day before Cyrus arrived on GMU’s campus, so unless she was trying to have students register outside of Virginia (this is the first election cycle in decades where Virginia is not being heavily contested by both campaigns, so that isn’t outside the realm of possibility), half of her mission on campus was rendered irrelevant by forces outside of her control.
Deadlines matter. Remember to make sure you are registered to vote, and get out and vote on (or before) November 8th!