In a presidential election where both the Democratic and Republican nominee are so polarizing, it is important that everyone’s voice is heard. With November 8th election approaching, people are running out of time to register.
Election signs for Hillary and Trump found in Goodrich, Michigan
The last day for people to register for this year’s presidential election is coming up quick. And there are still thousands of people, particularly college students, who have yet to register. In order to vote in the election on November 8th, people must be registered by October 11th.
The last presidential election that took place was in 2012. Most seniors in college were seniors in high school when the election occurred, too young to vote. This year’s presidential election is the first time the majority of college students will be voting in a presidential election. Or really, have the ability to vote in the election.
There are still a staggering number of college students not registered to vote. This isn’t much of a shock considering past election attendance.
Historically, people between the ages of 18 and 24 tend to have the lowest turn out at the polls on Election Day. According to the data collected by the Census Bureau on the 2012 presidential election, 45 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted while 72 percent of people 65 and older voted.
Wayne State student planner marking the last day to register to vote
On campus, many groups are working hard to get Wayne State University students registered to vote. One of these people is Jad Maharem who said,
“If you guys want your voices to be heard, put out that millennials don’t vote stereotype and get your voices heard.”
Wayne State University student, Molly Singer-Miller says she registered to vote because, “If you don’t register to vote, or vote, you have no right to complain.”
On the other end of the spectrum, there are many college students who don’t feel the need to register.
Unregistered Wayne State student, Karmel Scrut, says she hasn’t registered because, “I don’t feel like my vote is going to make a difference.” A sentiment that is shared by people of all ages.
Another unregistered student, Kaitlin Schnur, says, “I dont really like either of the candidates and I’m honestly too lazy to register. My parents don’t vote either and no one has really told me how.”
It’s important to remember that there aren’t only two candidates to choose between. This year, Michigan will have six presidential candidates on the ballot. It’s important to take time and learn about all of the candidates.
For students who would like to register to vote, there are a variety of ways to do so. One way is to visit the Secretary of State website where you will find step-by-step instructions on how to register.
Flyer for session to learn more about the election found in State Hall
Another way is to stop at one of the tables found in and around the student center. These tables have forms to fill out and mail to the secretary of state in order to register.
One of the quickest ways is to visit one of the Secretary of State offices. Here are some of the closest offices to the Wayne State University campus: