Much is at stake this election. Across Minnesota’s private college campuses, students are leading the charge to get more people registered to vote.
The Minnesota Association of Private College Students (MAPCS) has urged all our nonprofit colleges and universities compete in the College Ballot Bowl, a contest sponsored by Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon, to register students to vote for the first time. There’s information for students online and Secretary Simon has personally asked campuses across Minnesota to join this effort and hopes to spur competition among campuses for new voter registrations.
“If you vote in your first eligible election, research shows you will be a lifelong voter,” said Paget Pengelly, Minnesota Private College Council grassroots organizer. “We are finding that private college students are very engaged and want to participate in the process.”
There will be a variety of winners announced before Election Day, including largest number of students registered and the highest percentage of the student body that was registered to vote. Our campuses are also providing clear information for students about same-day voting and helping students find polling places. Many offer rides to the polls.