Red, White, and You: Why St. Kate’s students should vote on Nov. 4

It took more than 70 years of campaigning for the nineteenth amendment to be passed, ensuring women the right to vote. Beginning in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, women across the country made substantial sacrifices in order to give women a voice, and even after gaining this right, female voters endured harsh criticism from those opposed to this new ideal.

Now, with the upcoming election on Nov. 4, Katies have the opportunity to voice their opinion. To celebrate the struggle suffragettes underwent during their campaign to gain the right to vote, students should participate in the upcoming election and educate themselves on candidates and policies. While this process may seem daunting, there are plenty of options available in order to include students in the election.

With many Katies leading busy lives, an app that provides portable information may be useful. To register before the election, an easy option may be to download the Election Protection Smartphone App or Ya Es Hora App available at http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/election-protection-smartphone-app. This app provides important information regarding registration status, polling places, key voting rules and regulations for Minnesota, and what type of machine voters will use.

However, if you have not registered by Nov. 4, have no fear! Students can register at the polling location by providing a valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota ID, student ID, or the last four digits of their Social Security number. To be safe, students should also bring a proof of address, such as a bill received in the last thirty days.

Are you from out of state? No worries! Out-of-state students may vote if they live on campus, as long as they present their student ID at the polling location.

Curious about the candidates? Sample ballots can be found online at http://www.866ourvote.org/state/mn. Just plug in your address, and a ballot will come up providing voters with an example of what their ballot will look like. This is an excellent resource to use when researching possible candidates and policies for the upcoming election.

Another wonderful resource for Katies is the bus available at the St. Paul campus to bring students to and from the nearest polling location. These buses will start leaving at 8:00 am and will run throughout the day for students to use.

All in all, there is no excuse not to vote during the upcoming election! Resources online allow voters to register to vote and educate themselves on current candidates and issues. Resources at St. Kate’s bring students to and from the polling location. All you need is an ID or social security number and a proof of address!

To learn more about anything involving voting, students can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit http://www.866ourvote.org/state/mn for more information.

Erin can be contacted at emcarey@stkate.edu

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