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Q&A with Bryn Williams

Spartan Newsroom spoke with Bryn Williams when working on a story about how voter registration in East Lansing had doubled from 2012 to 2016. During the discussion, he talked a lot about the struggle that he getting students registered to vote and how we can overcome them. Efforts by the East Lansing City Clerk and campus student groups helped lead to a three fold increase in new voter registrations from 2012 to 2016, according to the clerk’s office. So how did they do it? Spartan Newsroom asked Williams, former community liaison at the Associated Students of Michigan State University, MSU’s undergraduate student government.

Lines fill the stairs as students wait anxiously to cast their vote Presidential Election on Nov. 8, 2016 at the IM West Building in East Lansing, Michigan.

East Lansing voter registrations spike from 2012 to 2016

Leanne Pregizer was eligible to register to vote for the 2012 election, but chose not to because she didn’t know how to go about it. In 2016, a friend told her about Turbovote, a nonprofit website that helps people register to vote, update registration or request an absentee ballot. “The site was really easy to use, and they laid out the steps really well,” said Pregizer, Michigan State University law student . Online efforts like Turbovote, along with heavy voter registration efforts by campus groups, helped contribute to a spike in voter turnout and voter registration in East Lansing, local elections officials say. How did they do it?

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Postpartum depression by the numbers

Postpartum depression is a serious illness that can occur after a mother gives birth. Mothers may notice symptoms after their baby is born, such as depression, mood swings and a loss of appetite. Women who suffer from postpartum should know that they are not alone and can get help from their doctor, support groups and other resources.

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The power of student votes in East Lansing

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?

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Despite effort to loosen East Lansing rules, pot still illegal for those older than 21

East Lansing joined a growing number of cities seeking to lesson penalties for marijuana use, but the city’s efforts left out a large block of people: Anyone older than 21. But those local laws only apply to people under 21. A restriction in the city’s charter prevents it from setting any rules for marijuana use for those 21 and up. That means police are likely to look to state law — which still bans the use of marijuana.