Will This Be The Year Michigan Students Actually Vote?

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The 2018 Midterm elections will be held this coming Tuesday, and many people - as often occurs this time of year - are questioning whether the youth of our state - and nation - will turn out to vote.

The State of Michigan suffers from one of the lowest rates of voter turnout in the nation. Further, the University of Michigan has one of the lowest rates of voting out of the top 100 universities. In 2014, for example, only 14% of students from Michigan voted. 

While people our age will face the consequences of this election for the decades to come, we are not the ones who determine the results due to our disproportionately low rate of voter participation. And while many make claims that there are often times candidates that may not be too "exciting," the issues that are at stake and the people who then go one to address them still continue, regardless.

There is some good news, however: state registration data has shown an increase in younger voters, particularly after the horrific shooting in Parkland, FL. Further, with greater coverage and polls indicating there may be more people interested and aware of the stakes of this coming midterm election, many people are beginning to ask: Will this be the year Michigan students actually vote?

The university has already taken measures, such as adding voter registration linkes to the online Michigan student accounts, as well as hiring shuttles to take students to their polling places. However, will this be enough? And if not, what do you think the school can do - if anything - to fix this?


For those who are eligible to vote and want to find out more on the candidates and where to go, here are some helpful links below: