What you need to know to register to vote by the Oct. 9 deadline

As described by East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster, the voter registration process is simple and quick. People looking to register to vote will need to either fill out a registration form or mail the form in to be processed, which in that case the form can be accessed online. Registration forms can be found or mailed to any local or county clerk’s office, or any secretary of state office locations. In Ingham County, there are are multiple locations  to register. This list includes three Secretary of State office locations, the Lansing City Clerk’s office, and the two Ingham County Clerk’s locations.

The battle for marijuana legalization reaches the ballot box

After years of lobbying for a referendum, Proposal 1 to legalize marijuana will appear on the ballot Nov. 6

After years of lobbying and legal battles, voters will have a say on allowing Michigan residents 21 years and older to possess, sell, grow or use marijuana. Organizations across the state have taken a stance on ballot Proposal 1, which will have a powerful impact on laws, economics and public health. Groups including Smart Approaches to Marijuana Action, Marijuana Policy and Project Foundation and MI Legalize have weighed in on the pros and cons of the proposal. Nick Zettell, co-founder and CEO for MI Legalize, has been working on this campaign since 2015, when the group was unsuccessful in placing the legalization of marijuana on the ballot.

Legal marijuana proposal could bring financial benefits to Michigan

Proposal 1, Michigan’s ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use and possession of marijuana, could have a sizable financial impact on the state. A study commissioned by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol estimates the proposal, if successful, will bring roughly $134 million in tax revenue a year to the state by 2023, which could be used for continually underfunded areas such as roads, schools and local governments. “We’re under no assumption that legalizing marijuana is going to solve all our school funding issues and road funding issues,” said Josh Hovey, spokesman for the coalition. “Instead, it’s going to generate hundreds of millions of dollars more than what we’re raising now, which is none.”

Eight of the nine states with legal recreational marijuana became that way because of ballot initiatives, starting with Washington state and Colorado in 2012. States with legal marijuana have reaped financial benefits: In Colorado, the legal marijuana industry has generated more than a billion dollars a year in revenue since 2016, with the state raking in $247 million in taxes and fees in 2017, according to the Denver Post.

Groups aim to register MSU students to vote, provide resources by midterm election

With the deadline to register to vote in the midterm elections approaching on Oct. 9, several groups have been providing resources to help students register and planning ways to educate young voters. The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office is traveling to colleges across Michigan to set up a “mobile branch office” to register students to vote, said Voter Outreach Coordinator Kristi Dougan. “We have a tour that’s planned for all 15 universities in Michigan, a couple of community colleges,” Dougan said. “So, 3,000 miles we travel with this.”

Dougan said the mobile branch is used so college students can register to vote in person, making them eligible to ask for an absentee ballot.

Award-winning video game highlights top game design program

Imagine taking one’s love for playing video games and making it into a career. The Michigan State Game Development program helps students do just that. Princeton Review’s list of top Game Design programs ranks Michigan State in the Top 10 for both graduate and undergraduate students. They even get the opportunity to play video games with their professor. They do this in the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab, nicknamed the GEL Lab.

Young, eligible and unregistered: With midterms approaching, why some still won’t vote

The Nov. 6 midterm elections are shaping up to be impactful: Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate might change, impacting everything from Supreme Court appointments to doctor’s appointments. And that’s just at the federal level. A whopping 36 states will cast votes for a governor, including Michigan, where outgoing Governor Rick Snyder is term-limited. The Great Lakes State will also decide on multiple proposals, including legal marijuana and redistricting reform aiming to end “gerrymandering.”

MSU junior “can’t trust politicians.”

As soon as 20-year-old Treasure Duncan was asked about her voter registration status in Brody Hall, she asked, “Are you going to try and get me to register?” Duncan was expecting one of the student groups who roam the Michigan State University campus seeking to register people, who are often living away from their hometowns. “It’s pretty annoying,” said Duncan, a communication junior. “Every time I see them, I almost immediately try and go the other way.” Duncan admits she is not registered to vote and currently isn’t interested in registering.

Elementary education major on 2018 election: “I honestly have not heard about it”

Ally Geschwind is a 19-year-old student from Chesterfield, Michigan. She is currently a sophomore at Macomb Community College and studies elementary education. Geschwind spends a lot of time at school, likes to hang out with her friends and is a cheerleading coach. She is eligible, but not registered to vote. Why she isn’t registered to vote

Geschwind said she never registered to vote because she doesn’t feel very connected to politics and was never fully educated on the process of registering to vote, how to fill out a ballot or what topics could be voted on.