People between 18 and 35 years of age make up 31% of the voting population.
However, political interest from that age group is significantly low. Therefore, campus organizations, like the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group and the UMD Student Association, are working to inform students on just how important their vote really is.
Sara Minder, Intern for Get Out To Vote and MPIRG member, says,"They have the right to vote here as students at UMD and we're trying to get that across."
The goal of UMD's Voter Palooza is to make it as easy as possible for Bulldogs to vote come election day.
Mike Purtell, Vice President of External Affairs for the UMD Student Association, adds, "We're trying to show the importance of getting students involved in the elections showing youth advocacy, showing what students care about matter to our politicians."
Sara Minder, Intern for Get Out To Vote and MPIRG member, says,"It's definitely important that we get students out to vote so that they can decide their own future."
Helping students with everything from questions about the candidates to registering to vote.
MPIRG Member Christey Atkinson says, "This year we're made a goal of getting 2,000 students registered. It's only been 4–5 weeks and we're already at 1,500 students."
Mike Purtell, Vice President of External Affairs for the UMD Student Association, says, "Usually it's I don't know anything about the candidates or I don't even know how to register, where do I vote? Do I have to drive home? So this event is trying to educate them, you can vote by absentee, we can register you here today, it takes about a minute."
MPIRG Member Christey Atkinson adds, "It's just a simple form, there's only 8 things that students have to fill out and they're all set to go."
Raising awareness about elections other than the race for president
Sara Minder, Intern for Get Out To Vote and MPIRG member, says, "There's not just the presidents who are being elected in November, there's also state and local elections."
Mike Purtell, Vice President of External Affairs for the UMD Student Association, adds, "It really helps our politicians be receptive to our issues, especially college tuition. We want as many students as possible to just get rid of those barriers. We don't want to hear I don't know enough about the candidates, I don't know how to do this, we want to hear I'm going to vote."
The deadline to preregister for the 2016 elections is October 18th. Election day is November 8th. Students who live on campus will be able to vote in the Kirby Ballroom.