By Clare O’Keefe
NEWBURGH- With the presidential election quickly approaching, Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) will be getting the student body involved by holding their very own voting drive.
From Sept. 12-14, there will a table set up outside of the View in Aquinas Hall with all the tools to help students register to vote in the upcoming presidential election. The offices of Student Activities and Residence Life will be collaborating to make sure all students have the tools to be not only a registered voter, but also an informed voter.
To be eligible to vote in this election, your New York voter registration form must be submitted online or postmarked by October 14, 2016.
The voting drive will take place outside of the View as follows:
Monday, Sept.12th 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 13th 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 14th 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM
If you are unable to register in person, you can alternatively register to vote online http://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/voteform.pdf .
At the table, there will be information about how to get an absentee ballot and what political party your beliefs are best suited towards. Additionally, there will be information on all four candidates, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein from the Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Green party, respectively.
Youth voting is always extremely important in the presidential election, but this election is proving it to be even more important. The ongoing displeasure of the two “main” presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, proves all votes will be extremely important during this particular election. Considering college students are the ones who will most affected by the change of presidency, it is extremely important for college students to get out and vote. The more people who register and become informed voters, the better our future will be.
For more information about the voting drive, please contact the Student Activities or Residence Life Offices.