About a dozen Minnesota State University Moorhead students, faculty and staff have volunteered to transport on-campus students to the Grace United Methodist Church polling location in Moorhead on Election Day. Two shuttles will run from campus beginning at 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students can get picked up at either the Comstock Memorial Union M-5 parking lot or outside of the Grantham/Nelson residence hall G-6 lot.
About 450 students are expected to take advantage of the free rides.
“Any students who wish to get a ride to the polls will be afforded that opportunity,” said Will Hagen, a social studies and political science major from St. Anthony Village, Minn. “The reaction from the student body has been overwhelmingly positive. Students have expressed relief over not having to worry about how they will get to the polls on election day.”
As part of this year’s midterm election, Students United – an independent, non-profit organization representing more than 65,000 students attending Minnesota’s seven state universities – participated in National Voter Registration Day on September 25.
“We registered about 20 MSUM students, although at least 50 more said they were already registered,” said Stephen Larson, a multimedia journalism major from White Bear Lake, Minn., and a Students United member. He said many students were aware of the upcoming election, “but even those who were registered expressed some hesitation about voting. We will continue our GOTV (Get Out The Vote) efforts all the way through Election Day, and encourage every student who is eligible to vote to do so.”