Student Groups Get Out the Vote

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11/1/18

The right to vote is enshrined in the Constitution, though how we exercise that right differs across the country. An array of events have been planned during the fall election season to encourage students, staff and faculty to stay fully engaged and educated about the process and their responsibility as citizens.

These activities geared to encourage civic engagement were organized by an Election Engagement Team. The Team is comprised of Minneapolis College’s Student Senate and political science department, the Campus Election Engagement Program (CEEP) Fellows, and the Community Development Student Organization in partnership with LeadMN, the statewide organization that represents the 180,000 two-year college students in Minnesota.

The activities began in early September and will continue through Election Day, November 6. A kickoff event was held featuring a panel discussion and guest speakers, and information tables providing comprehensive details about candidates and the voting process have been set up across campus.

“We’re building leaders, and learning how to work together as a team,” says Lauren Feiersinger, Student Senate president and one of the key student coordinators for the activities.

Roll to the Polls Days

LeadMN and the Campus Election Engagement Team hosted Roll to the Polls Days on campus October 22, 25, 30 and 31. Every hour on the hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., buses went from campus to take students to the early voting office at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.  

LeadMN volunteers and volunteers from the Election Engagement Team worked with students to confirm they are registered or ensure they have the proper documentation to register and vote at the early voting office. Information about offices on the 2018 General Election ballot and candidates was available in the staging areas. Students not eligible to vote were also welcome to come to the staging areas to receive information about the 2018 election.

Election Information Tables

Since Minnesota is one of a host of states that offers same-day voter registration (https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/), tables will be set up to support people in finding their polling places on both Nov. 5 and Nov. 6 on campus in the Helland Center, third floor lobby.

For more information about voter education events at Minneapolis College, see the Election Engagement Team’s Facebook Page or contact Lena Jones, political science faculty.