College students facing early obstacles before election

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Rokeyta Roberson
Ingham County Chronicle

Sept. 25 was National Voter Registration Day. Strong efforts were being made to register voters, especially first-time voters. But once the registration process is complete, what happens next?

Many college students, who are voting for the first time, are confused about the next step.

“I’m not sure where I’m supposed to vote at,” said MSU junior Arielle Remberant. “Am I supposed to vote in Detroit, where I’m from, or in East Lansing?”

California native and MSU sophomore Kenya Swift has similar concerns.

“Can I only vote in California because that’s where I live?” asked Swift.

These questions can frustrate many young voters and may deter them away from the polls.

“I may not vote,” said Swift.

Answers to the questions that are puzzling many college voters can be found at local secretary of state branches.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State, individuals who wish to vote in this election must register to vote 30 days before the election. The last day to register is October 9th. Individuals wishing to register still have time. Individuals whose current address is different than the one listed on your valid Michigan driver’s license, must update their address at any secretary of state branch, with the city clerk of your town, office or by mail, so that your voter’s registration card is mailed to the correct location.

College students from out of state must look into their state’s voting registration policies and the possibility of an absentee ballot option.

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