In 2004, a record number of UMD students and Duluth young people voted. It was estimated that 85% of UMD students took part in the election, in part because of the work of MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group). This fall, the student members of UMD MPIRG have already registered close to 600 UMD students and they are actively encouraging everyone to vote.
They provide information on what students need to do to register to vote, where they vote and a list of candidates. The following information is from MPIRG literature.
HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE
How do students know if they are registered?:
If an off-campus student has never voted, they ARE NOT registered. If a off-campus student has moved since last voting, they ARE NOT registered. If a student lives on campus they are already registered, and they can vote in the Garden Room (third floor of Kirby Student Center). If, for any reason, a student is not registered, they can still register on November 7.
Same Day Registration:
A student can register at the polling place on election day. They will need one of the following to verify your residence:
* Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, identification card,
or receipt for one, with current address
* Tribal ID
Other items that will qualify for identification are: “Notice of Late Registration” postcard, U.S. passport with utility bill, U.S. military photo ID card with utility bill, Prior registration listed on roster at former address in precinct, Oath of a registered voter in precinct ("vouching"), Student ID, registration, or fee statement with your current address, Post Secondary Student photo ID with utility bill, Post Secondary Student ID if on a student housing list on file at the polling place.
*Note: If the Minnesota license, Tribal ID or MN State ID has a former address, students should bring a recent utility bill to use with the identification. The utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election. Utility bills may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cell phone or cable TV.THE CANDIDATES
Who are the candidates?
Students can take an on-line quiz to find out which candidates match their opinions and issues. See: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/ongoing/select_a_candidate/
Democrat Party Candidate Mike Hatch: http://www.hatch2006.org/
Independence Party Candidate Peter Hutchinson: http://www.teammn.com
Republican Party Candidate Tim Pawlenty: http://www.timpawlenty.com
Green Party Candidate Ken Pentel: http://www.kenpentel.org
Green Party Candidate Michael Cavlan: http://www.michaelcavlan.org
Independence Party Candidate Robert Fitzgerald: http://www.votefitzgerald.org
Republican Party Candidate Mark Kennedy: http://www.markkennedy06.com
Democrat Party Candidate Amy Klobuchar: http://www.amyklobuchar.com
Constitution Party Candidate Ben Powers: http://www.powers2006.info
US Congress (8th Congressional district):
Republican Party Candidate Rod Grams: http://www.rodgrams2006.com
Democrat Party Candidate Jim Oberstar: http://www.oberstar.org
Unity Part Candidate Harry Welty: http://www.welty4congress.org
Secretary of State:
Republican Party Candidate Mary Kiffmyer: http://www.kiffmeyer.org
Democrat Party Candidate Mark Ritchie: http://www.markritchie06.net
Independence Part Candidate Joel Spoonheim: http://www.teammn.com/joelSpoonheim.php
In addition to voting for candidates a referendum will appear on the ballot asking to vote Yes or No. It is known as the transportation amendment. For more information on the Transportation Amendment see: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=10&recordid=86&returnurl=index%2Easp%3Fpage%3D10
Where can students vote? See: ttp://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
How can out-of-town students can vote for candidates in their home town? See:http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=211
For more information about MPIRG at UMD, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 726-8157.
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