East Lansing’s November 2019 election was a small preview. More than 1,000 people registered to vote on Election Day, and the city experienced a 20% increase in absentee ballots.
There are concerns for higher-profile elections such as the state’s March 10 presidential primary. Michigan’s new laws allow no-reason absentee voting, Election Day registration and automatic registration when people apply for a state ID.
Nearly 2,000 student journalists gathered for the fall conference of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association at the Lansing Center on Oct. 31.
Many of the students attending were seniors and will graduate in the next year. With the upcoming 2020 election, they will also have the chance to vote for the first time. The issues that motivate them are as varied as they are for any generation. Diversity
Maia Rostar, Plainwell High School: “I am voting because I would like to see change.
The Mason branch of the Capital Area District Libraries is home to a host of books, movies and audiobooks, as well as a full roster of weekly programs. It is also where youth services librarian Lindsay Anderson spends her days trying to change the way people view libraries.
EAST LANSING, Mich. ⎻ In the city of East Lansing, almost 8,000 miles away from her hometown, Michigan State University sophomore Hallie Tsui tunes in to what marks another day of protesting in her home territory of Hong Kong.
Sophomore student Hallie Tsui “tends to closely follow political news.” “It’s just slowly escalated,” Tsui said. “Protests have been going on every day for 100 days now.”
The unrest is due to a recent bill that would allow China to extradite alleged criminals from Hong Kong. “Protests began after a man killed his girlfriend in Taiwan and was hiding in Hong Kong.” Tsui said. “China wanted to extradite him, but people protested because conditions in China are very poor and civil rights laws are not very good.”
The bill could lead to an increase in control for the Chinese government over Hong Kong, which currently governs its own internal affairs, critics say.