DALLAS TWP. — Eighteen-year-old Brian Dicey took a few minutes to fill out a form at Misericordia University’s voter registration drive Sept. 12.
“Everyone at the voting age should register,” said Dicey of Melville, N.Y.. “Young people need to know their voice matters.”
The Government, Law and National Security Club at the university is helping students and the off-campus community exercise their voice by holding a month-long non-partisan voter registration drive called “MU Leads the Vote,” from Sept. 6 to Oct. 4, in the lobby of the Banks Student Life Center.
All eligible citizens must submit voter registration forms Oct. 11, according to Pennsylvania Voter Services. Visit www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us to register online.
Also, the GLNS Club will bus students from campus to the polls on Election Day, according to a news release.
Students with the GLNS Club attended training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to help answer questions about the one-page voter registration form and how to keep the voters’ information confidential.
Registering to vote is not difficult, according to GLNS Club members Alexis Tinna of Tunkhannock and Dorian Budzinak of Edwardsville.
“All you need is a driver’s license or the last four numbers of your Social Security number,” said Tinna, a sophomore. “Many people say they did not know how to register.”
Josh Orlendini, 18, of Dallas, took some time between classes to register to vote.
“I want to get involved,” he said.
Tinna said the club has a goal to register 100 voters.
“On the first day (Sept. 6) we had 47 people sign up,” she said. “We expect a lot (of people) to register during the last week.”
Students from out-of-state are planning to vote via absentee ballot, such as Misericordia University senior Steve Ware, of Virginia.
Ware is listening to what the current presidential candidates are saying about student loans but would also like to see the future president be focused more on making America stronger and less on making war.
Dicey plans to cast an absentee ballot based on what candidate will help protect law enforcement.
“I come from a family of police officers,” he said.
Budzinak and Tinna agree the campus is split between supporting this year’s presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.
“I talk with my friends and hear the debates in class, students are taking Hillary’s view on student loans into consideration,” Tinna said. “Education is so much more expensive than what it should be.”
There are many students who support Trump but say the candidate’s comments about nationality are biased, Budzinak said.
“Some students feel Trump’s comments are taken out of context,” Budzinak said.
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