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Beatriz Ibarra

Beatriz Ibarra, applied engineering sciences major, who is a junior as well as a non-voter at Michigan State University.

By Zuying Zhu
MI First Election

“The choice of voting does not matter at all,” said Beatriz Ibarra, applied engineering sciences major, who is a junior in Michigan State University.

Ibarra is from Texas and did not register to vote in the presidential primary.

“I just got my Michigan license. I am trying to register but not yet because I think it is difficult. When I went online, the website is not helpful at all.”

As of Feb. 7, there were 7,278,224 voters registered in the state. According to the Michigan Voter Information Center.

“There are five locations in MSU for voting but just 26 people went to vote for the local community last time,” said Marie Wicks, East Lansing city clerk.

In 2012, 63 percent of Michigan’s voting age population voted for president. In 2014, when voters were choosing a governor, 41.6 percent voted. Presidential elections usually draw the biggest turnout.

In 2012, Michigan young voters, ages 18-29, turned out to be 51.4 percent while in 2014, age 18-29 voters were 14.8 percent. http://www.civicyouth.org/maps/elections/

Daniel Bis

Daniel Bis, a junior, electronic engineering major, is a non-voter.

“Even though you have the right to vote and people said you have to, it all depends on yourself whether you want to vote or not,” said Daniel Bis, a junior, electronic engineering major. “I like having that right to do it, but I did not register to vote this year. There are so many school things that I need to handle. I do not have enough motivation to vote. I have something more important to do at the same time, in my mind.”

Michigan State University provides an election information guide to students. The Associated Students of Michigan State University website, shows students how to register to vote and what to expect on Election Day. http://youvote.msu.edu/election-day/

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Emily Krieger, a freshman, is a non-voter. She said that she wanted to vote but missed the time.

“I just simply do not know the deadline for registration, though I wanted to vote.” said freshman Emily Krieger, “I did not pay attention to the election but I watched news through media.”

“Non-voters play an important role in the elections,” said Nancy Cobos, a senior, majoring in advertising. “I know people personally who did not register to vote but come to me and told me they did not like who won the election and who is the president. They have a voice though they did not register to vote.”

Nancy Cobos

Nancy Cobos, a senior, majoring in advertising. “I care a lot about my right to vote.”

Cobos said that if non-voters would vote, they would have a voice in electing who they actually want.

“I care a lot about my right to vote. As a citizen of the United States of America, I have the freedom to voice my opinion.”

“Choosing not to vote is a bad thing,” said Bis. “People not only have the right to vote but also they could decide whom they want to sit in the office. No matter what, you have to choose the less devil between the two.”

As a non-voter, Bis said that he plans on voting next time since he will be out of college and have more free time in between work.

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