Pipers win the polls – The Oracle
Important Information, Resources, and Voting Guide for Hamline Students About Elections
In 2018, many Hamline students went to the polls for the midterm elections, winning the ALL IN Challenge “Best in Class National Award”.
It is an honor that reflects the value and goal of the Hamline Voting Committee to continue to get all students to vote.
“Hamline University had the highest overall vote rate and the highest undergraduate vote rate at a 4-year private higher education institution,” Hamline’s Voting Committee said in a statement to the Oracle.
Hoping for a turnout like this, or better yet: hoping to top it, this election season, the Hamline Voting Committee is running the #MidtermsMatter campaign that encourages Hamline students to get out and vote this election day, November 8.
“The Hamline Voting Committee is arranging to provide transportation (Hamline Vans) to the polling place as well as walking with students to polling places from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.,” Nur Mood of the Wesley Center told the ‘Oracle in an email. “The pickup location is Public Safety and the polling place is the Hamline Hi-Rise; 777 Hamline Ave N St. Paul, MN 55104.”
Students with questions should visit the Hamline Votes table at Anderson Center on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Hamline Votes staff will be available to answer questions and help students register to vote. The online registration deadline is October 18, however, voters will be able to register at their local polling station on November 8.
Jane Krentz, a former Minnesota senator and director of the McVay Youth Partnership in Hamline, detailed the importance of the vote in a letter to the editor published in the Oracle on October 4.
“Elected officials at all levels make decisions that impact your day-to-day life and will certainly impact your future,” Krentz said. “People have fought and died for your right to vote. Please don’t waste it. It’s the first step towards creating a future you believe in… Despite being a cliché, it’s also true — Every vote counts!