By Ben Muir
MI First Election
ASMSU will be on campus this week for a voter registration drive, a campaign that encourages and assists students in the application process. Students will need only a drivers license to complete an application. The procedure takes roughly two minutes, according to ASMSU.
“We have a lot of students who need to be registered,” Domonique Clemons, MSU student body president said. “A lot of students don’t know how to register, so that’s why we are out here to say ‘it’s this easy.'”
ASMSU began the voter registration drive at the MSU rock on Wednesday, and on Thursday will be at Wells Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Case Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Landon Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Friday, ASMSU will be at Brody Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Students can register online, too. ASMSU is partnering with TurboVote, a website that assists in the registration process. After students fill out an application online, the site will mail the person’s completed application to their home, where people can print a copy, sign, then drop it in the mailbox.
“Last year we got over 1,200 students registered with TurboVote,” Clemons said. “We are hopeful that number will grow this year.”
The deadline to register for the 2016 presidential election is Oct. 11, and ASMSU is reminding students to register early to avoid missing the opportunity.
“We want to put that reminder in their head that there is an election coming up,” Clemons said. “Students have the ability to change an entire election. And not just voting for president but really, voting down the ticket. It’s those local and state races that can make all the impact, and that’s what builds up a stronger system in the end.”