UMD College Democrats educate students about voting, election

Related content: UMD College Republicans give opinions on issues ranging from economy to education Things can get confusing when it comes to politics. However, student groups in the University of Minnesota Duluth help students by answering questions about voting and the election.

UMD College Democrats is one such group that is taking action to help students before the election on Nov. 6.

Last Monday, UMD College Democrats set up a table in Kirby Plaza to inform students about the election. They distributed free Democratic swag, including   Amy Klobuchar pins and Barack Obama signs.

Bridget Pouliot, an active member of UMD College Democrats, said that it is important for students to be active in politics.

"It's just important to be involved in politics in the first place because that's what runs our lives," Pouliot said. "We have a say in it so why not take advantage of that."

Pouliot also said that it is their duty to help educate students.

"We need to educate people who are not able to educate themselves," Pouliot said.

Later in the day, UMD College Democrats went "dorm storming" in Lake Superior Hall and educated students about voting on the Election Day.

UMD College Democrats plan to reach out to students until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

In 2008, over half of registered students on campus came out to vote, according to the Minnesota Secretary of State website (to see the numbers click the link, select DULUTH P-10 and click show results).

Benjamin DuFault, president UMD College Democrats, said that they will have a table up on voting day from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m.

After that, the group plans on "storming the dorms" in order to increase the voter turn out.

If you'd like to be part of the UMD College Democrats check out their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter.

For more information on the upcoming election, hear what Ben DuFault has to say in an audio interview about issues that may effect students in this years election.

1. How will the local election between Chip Craavack and Rick Nolan effect students? 2. What is the Democratic consensus on the Voter ID Amendment? 3. How do Democratic politicians plan on supporting education? 4. Why do you think voting democrat will be better for the job market? 5. What should students keep in mind when voting for this years election? 6. Why do you believe it is important for students to vote?

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