MSU Campus Groups Make Final Effort to Register Votes

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

The upcoming election will be the first time many students, like MSU Freshman Julie Ruggirello, can vote.

"Yup, I've never voted before," she said.

Members of the MSU College Democrats spent Sunday night in the dorms--making sure the election isn't a missed opportunity for their peers.

"The youth can completely change how the vote goes because we are 40,000 people on this campus and the districts we're located in...the candidates have been trying to campaign here," said College Dems member Adam Harrison.

Campus groups-Republican and Democrat--hope to build on the momentum from the 2008 presidential election.

"We've had a lot of youth showing interest in the polls," Harrison said.

The College Republicans have done their part, too. They've held voter registration drives on campus and are even putting one of their own--Sophomore Nick Kowalski--up for office. Kowalski is running for Ingham County Commissioner.

"In a district which is 90 percent michigan state university campus, I'm the only person running who lives in the dorms," Kowalski said.

Volunteers will also be on campus Monday, making their final pitch to students to fill out the voter registration form.

It takes just a few minutes, and for Ruggirello it's not just worthwhile, it's empowering.

"I think you really need to pay attention to who's representing you and what you stand for," she said. "It'll help you on your beliefs, your morals, your values."

Ruggirello says she's excited to have a say in an election where so much is at stake.

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