The MSU Votes Initiative has set up a satellite voting office on campus where students, faculty and staff will be able to learn about the election, register to vote, receive absentee ballots and cast their ballots.
The voting office is available from now until Election Day on Nov. 8. Throughout the next few weeks, it will move to different areas on campus to ensure all students will have access to it.
Here's the schedule:
MSU Library, second floor: Monday, Oct. 17 to Friday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
IM Sports East, near the welcome desk: Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Brody Hall, Grotto: Monday, Oct. 31 to Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
The initiative aims to assist all Spartans in participating in the election process. Co-director of the MSU Votes Initiative, Suchitra Webster hopes the satellite offices can assist with an effort to educate students about voting.
The voting offices were set up in partnership with the East Lansing City Clerk’s Office. Webster said the on-campus offices are designed to be an efficient and accessible way for students to vote.
“It's designed to be a one-stop shop,” Webster said. “If you're just looking for general information about the election, if you want to register to vote, if you need to get an absentee ballot, or you're actually just going in to cast a ballot, you can do all of those things in one location. And that's pretty remarkable.”
Although the office will be open on Election Day, Webster and her co-director Renee Brown encourage students to come earlier because it will likely be crowded.
By coming in earlier, students will be able to review their absentee ballot and conduct research on the candidates prior to Election Day. Brown said although voters may already have decided where some of their votes are going, they may need to spend more time researching the less-familiar elections, such as the Wayne State Board of Trustees or judgeships.
Students who register at the satellite office on Election Day must do the actual voting at a precinct, so Webster said students should not wait until the last minute to register because they may not get to the precinct before 8 p.m.
To register at the satellite office, people must bring a form of ID like a driver's license. Also, people who plan to change where they are registered to East Lansing must show proof of residency. Visit the MSUVote website for more information.
Brown hopes that by using the satellite voting office, all students will be able to express their values through their votes.
“I think this generation of students is aware and is willing to state their voice or share their voice on really important topics," Brown said. "There are things that are on the ballot ... that are amendments to our Constitution. … These are really big, important issues that impact the lives of students every day, so you don't want to miss the opportunity to express how you wish for things to be.”
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