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News You Can Use: 11/11/16

How gotv 2016 made election day great

After two months of pledging students to vote, senates across the state celebrated Election Day with “I Voted” photo booths. Each event was unique and reflected the spirit of the campus. A few examples of the celebrations that occurred are:

  • Riverland Community College-Owatonna had delicious Get Out the Vote cupcakes. 
  • Rochester Community and Technical College went all out with decorations and had a delectable ice cream social. 
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids celebrated with lots and lots of balloons.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College had really fun photo props and fresh, hot coffee.
  • Century College, North Hennepin Community College, and Hennepin Technical College shared awesome photos of students at their photo booths.
  • Student Senate President, James De Hoyas of Riverland Community College-Albert Lea made local news talking about the importance of student participation in the election.

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There are many examples of campuses that went above and beyond with their photo booths, but what needs to be highlighted is that each senate worked together to make this one of the best years for the Get Out the Vote campaign MSCSA has ever had.

The work wasn’t easy but it was crucial. For every student talked to, every conversation that occurred, and for every class rap that was made, we made a difference. We were able to show that the voices of over 12,000 students truly do matter. Showing students sample ballots, helping them find their polling place, and assisting them in completing their voter registration all helped with students being able to find their voice and make it heard. However, the work does not stop here.

Get Out the Vote is only the first step in our robust legislative agenda. It is how we show the Minnesota Legislature that it’s time to listen to the voices of students. The results of the Get Out the Vote campaign will magnify our voice at the legislature this year, and help us fight for lower tuition and student debt. This legislative session, we will mobilize students around these issues and work hard for a better future for Minnesota community and technical college students. MSCSA would like to thank everyone that participated in Get Out the Vote 2016 for all their hard work and dedication.



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