On November 6, President Barack Obama will be running for re-election against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. This election is extremely important for the United States and will determine the future of several key issues the country is currently facing. Voter registration can take place in several different ways and HFCC will be offering numerous opportunities for students to register and learn more about voting.
The Student Activities office has organized events to make registration easier for students including the Voter Registration Drive that takes place over seventeen dates beginning on August 29 and ending October 4. The Voter Registration Drive allows students to register on-campus at a variety of convenient times. These locations are spread around campus in order to accommodate students and include the Student Center, Health Careers building, and the Fine Arts building. Students can also register at any time in the Student Activities Office (C-105) during regular business hours.
In order to vote, you must be a United States citizen, at least eighteen years old by November 6, and a resident of Michigan. If you fit within these requirements, the next step is to obtain an application. This can be done at Secretary of State offices, the office of any city clerk, military recruitment offices, the state of Michigan’s website, or at voter registration drives (such as those held at HFCC). Once the application is complete, you can return that information to a city clerk’s office or by mail. After a short time, you will receive your Voter Identification Card in the mail inclusive of your polling location and other voting information. To ensure that you will receive your Voter Identification card before the November election, you must register by October 9. For more information, visit the Secretary of State website.
For those who want to know more about the election, Student Activities, along with the League of Women Voters, has planned several Voter Education sessions. These sessions are open to students, staff, faculty, and the community. Members of the League of Women Voters will discuss numerous topics, such as the importance of voting, how to complete a ballot, the voting process, what to expect when going to the poll, and information on candidates and proposals on the ballot. This is an excellent opportunity for students to ask questions about the election.
The Voter Education sessions will take place on October t at 2:10 pm, October 9 at 2:30 pm, October 17 at 1:10 pm, and October 24 at 3:10 pm. All of these sessions will be held in room C-119. For more information on the Voter Education sessions or the Voter Registration Drive, visit the Student Activities Office (C-105) or call (313) 845-9865.