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Non-partisan organization encourages students to register, vote on Western Michigan campus

WeVote at WMU
Posted at 10:46 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 22:46:26-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A non-partisan group was on the Western Michigan University campus to promote civic engagement among students on Tuesday.

The organization, 'WeVote' was aiming to get as many students registered and voting in this year's election as they could.

With a satellite clerk's office on campus as well as a polling location, a student communications coordinator for 'WeVote' said he was hoping to make it convenient for students to cast their ballots.

"I mean it’s been said time and again that this is the most important election of our lifetimes. I think a lot of students believe that. One thing we are trying to do is manage those expectations understanding that we may not have results tonight, so that’s an important factor of what we’re doing out here. Also really making sure that their vote does count," said Western Michigan University's Student Communications Coordinator for 'WeVote' AJ Howard.

Howard also said that statistics show the country will see a record youth voter turnout for this year's election.

Also at Western Michigan University was Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's Chief Vernon Coakley. He said he was making his way around to the different precincts to see how voters and election workers were feeling, keeping safety his number one priority.

"We’re prepared. We have a plan. It’s moving in action but more importantly, we want to make sure our citizens are safe. We want to make sure they feel safe. We won’t be static at any polling station. We will be just fluid. We will be driving around saying ‘hello’. With an opportunity like today and the sunshine, this is great," said Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's Chief Vernon Coakley.