voter registration on the quad

Illinois State University holds many opportunities on the quad for students, faculty and staff to register to vote. The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and ISU hold multiple civic engagement opportunities and initiatives throughout the year. 

With the 2020 election inching closer, many believe student involvement and participation in this election is important. 

As it is every year, getting students involved could be big as they are the future of the country and play a vital role in shaping that future.

“I think some voters are more hesitant because of health concerns, to vote at their polling place on Election Day, that's why we see such big numbers in early voting and voting by mail,” McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said. 

Due to COVID-19, voters have gotten more information about the different ways they can vote through the internet and other social media outlets who are being vocal about getting people registered and out to vote.

With the scare of COVID-19, many might not want to go out to the polls on Election Day. This could result in fewer people voting, and those who do not vote will miss their chance to use their voice. 

Illinois State University and the Bloomington-Normal area have been getting the word out and motivating people to vote.

While COVID-19 plays a large role with how polling places will run, the community continues to let students know that they can still go out and vote if they want or mail their vote in.

”Not a lot of students are on campus, so we couldn’t do students' registration like we would have liked,” Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Assistant Director Harriett Steinbach said. 

"But we have two students that are election fellows [and] they have presented to other organizations. We have been working with other faculty to get people to work."

This could make the voter's number in Bloomington go down this year, but those students who are not here could be registered to vote in their hometown and could vote there instead. 

Those who are worried can make plans for how they wish to vote now and prepare if they need to go to the polls to get their vote in. 

“I do want to stress we are concerned about long lines on Election Day. Please if you can, vote early or vote by mail,” Michael said. 

Those who are looking for early voting locations, dates and times can look at the McLean County government website

ALEXIS PLUMMER is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @Lexi1Oliver

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