The power of student votes in East Lansing

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Political power of students — something Mark Grebner of Practical Political Consulting has been fighting for since he was a student at Michigan State University almost four decades ago. He started in local government, serving on the East Lansing planning commission and eventually being elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners.

But how much power do they really have? And do students use it?

East Lansing Clerk Marie Wicks says students should care about elections for more than just presidential election years. Local elections decide issues from local nuisance ordinances to downtown parking rates.

Dorothy Shewchuck is one of the few students who actually showed up at the precincts for a local election this past summer. She says more students should care, especially when East Lansing turns to a ghost town over the summer and student votes aren’t represented.