by Geoff Larcom, Published September 29, 2014
YPSILANTI – Student government leaders at Eastern Michigan University are working hard to get out the student vote for the upcoming November election, urging students to make themselves heard in the "Your Voice, Your Vote" campaign.
"It is important to not only vote in times of presidential elections, but in state and local elections too," said Desmond Miller, EMU's Student Body President. "It is an honor to be able to cast a vote and let our voices be heard, so please take advantage of that right. Register to vote, and then vote on November 4, 2014."
Miller has led a variety of efforts to strongly remind students that the final day to register for the upcoming election is Monday, Oct. 6. The election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4. At stake are a variety of crucial local, state and federal offices.
Efforts by EMU student government to get out the vote include:
• An email from Miller to all students, reminding them to register by the end of the Oct. 6 deadline, and offering a link to a voter registration form. If students fill out the form and submit it to the Student Government office, staff members will turn in the form on students' behalf to the city clerk. For a copy of the form, students can visit http://www.emich.edu/studentgov/
• On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Student Government leaders went door to door in EMU residence halls, registering students to vote.
• A mobile Michigan Secretary of State office visited the Student Center on Thursday, Sept. 25, registering students to vote as well.
• Student Government initiated a competition among student organizations to challenge them to register at least 25 students to vote in order to win $500, $300, or $200.
• Student Government members have also visited a variety of classrooms in an effort to get students to register.
• Student leaders plan to purchase T-shirts that say, "I voted; did you?" for students, faculty, and staff to wear on Election Day as a reminder for people to vote.
• On Election Day, Student Government plans to shuttle students to voting polls.
• On Monday Sept. 29, and Monday, Oct. 6, Student Government will have lobby tables in the Student Center to register students to vote.
"Registering voters is something Student Government is taking very seriously, despite it not being a presidential election year," Miller said. "With collaboration and support from student organizations, departments, and faculty, I hope we will have a very successful year in getting out the student vote."
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