By: Gisselle Venable
When the leaves turn orange and the air begins to crisp, something reveals itself in the shadows. Is it Halloween … or even upcoming exams? It’s getting closer, and before you know it, there it is! Voting season!
With the flood of events in the ongoing months, it may be difficult to keep up, but don’t forget to vote! IU South Bend’s American Democracy Project (ADP) aims to encourage students to get out and vote with Party to the Polls. The event will take place twice – the first on Vote Early Day, Oct. 28, and the second on election day, Nov. 8.
On Oct. 28, feel free to join the ADP at 12 p.m. for pizza, soda, button-making, giveaways and more in the Community Building at River Crossing Campus Housing.
“Research shows that people who participate in parties, festivals and other celebrations of voting are more likely to vote”, the ADP says.
After the festivities, students will make their way to the County-City Building to cast their votes.
If you are unable to make it to the first event, do not worry! On Nov. 8, the second Party to the Polls will take place. This time, it will be held near Mishawaka Avenue in front of the large IU South Bend sign. Much like the first event, it will have snacks, buttons, and photos, but with the addition of T-shirts and other freebies. Afterwards, students will cross the street to John Adams High School to cast their votes.
Of course, in order to make a decision, you need to be informed. For election and candidate information, look no further than Vote411.org. Vote411 is an online guide dedicated to ensuring that voters make an educated decision for the election. Simply visit the webpage and enter your address to learn more about the candidates in your area.
Thanks to the ADP’s hard work, you’re able to view a number of direct responses from candidates on St. Joseph County ballots. It is a voter’s responsibility to make sure they are voting for the candidate that they feel most represents their beliefs, and Vote411 is an excellent way to ensure that.