A lively and engaged crowd of 50 students gathered in Montclair State University’s Abbott & Costello lounge on October 22 to view the third and final presidential debate.
The impressive turnout highlights a strong sense of civic engagement amongst resident students. Community Assistants Tyler McKinnon, Ellen Gianakis and Nick Alessandrini organized the event in The Village at Little Falls, providing refreshments and a large projection screen for the animated crowd.
“As the future of our nation, I think it is important for our generation to be civically involved with decisions that will affect us as a total population,” said McKinnon.
60 percent of those in attendance will cast their ballots for the first time on November 6. Student-driven initiatives on campus registered more than 3,000 new voters who will be shuttled to local polling places to cast their ballots on Election Day.
“I’m nervous and excited,” said Jocelyn Schneider, a first time voter. “It’s a huge responsibility to vote, and there’s a lot of research involved, but I am willing to take it all on because voting is so important.”
Can I Vote?
- Voter registration has ended in the State of New Jersey.
- As a student, if you registered to vote at Montclair State University, you may take the shuttle to the polling place to vote.
- If you registered to vote in your hometown, you must vote there.
- Voter shuttle buses will run on November 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For Freeman and Russ Hall residents, a shuttle will pick up every hour, on the hour, at the Red Hawk Deck bus stop and go to the Montclair polling location. For all other resident students, pick up will be at the Webster Road bus stop every hour, on the hour, going to the Little Falls polling location.