With election day right around the corner, Shippensburg University’s Ship Votes is doing all it can to ensure students are prepared to go out and vote for the candidates of their choice in the upcoming election.
The non-partisan organization encourages voter registration, voter education and getting out to vote among the student body.
The organization offers free registration in the lobby of the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Ship Votes also offers rides to the polls on Election Day if students are registered to vote in Shippensburg.
Maddie Holland, Ship Votes fellow and sophomore, said she encourages students to register to vote locally.
“We encourage people to register in Shippensburg because you’re here for four years,” said Holland. “Your voice matters.”
While it may not be a presidential election year, Holland said the votes of college students still matter.
“College students don’t realize how important their voice is in elections,” she said. “Statistically speaking, we’re one of the smallest groups that come out to vote and it’s our future.
“In my opinion voting is just a civic duty and sometimes the things that happen in our elections are corrupt, but if you vote you can change those things,” Holland said in regard to her vote this Tuesday.
“You should vote if you want your voice to be heard, because you can end up in a situation where you have elected officials and politicians that don’t do a good job of representing you,” said SU student Emahni Walker on why he’ll be voting this Tuesday.
Ship Votes will offer rides to the polls on Election Day out of the Orndorff Theatre in the CUB. All students are welcome; however, if they are first time voters, they will need to provide their registration card and photo identification, according to Holland.