Election party informs, aids students’ treks to the polls


The Center for Community Engagement hosted an election day party from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Volunteers spoke with over 300 students about what was on the ballot and offered rides to the polls, vouchers for STARS busing and stickers.

“I think that the Election Day Party was a wonderful resource for students and would like to commend all those involved in organizing and facilitating every event this election season,” said Riley Hupfer, the assistant director at the Center for Community Engagement.

Hupfer believed the event gave students critical resources that helped them make informed decisions.

“(The information we provided) helped to offer students information and resources on registering to vote, learning about what’s on the ballot and ultimately exercising their right at the polls on Tuesday,” he said.

Volunteers drove students who were registered to vote with their on-campus address to the Kochville Veterans Hall.

“A lot of students showed up to the veteran’s hall,” said Marisa Cardinalli, one of the event volunteers. “We were able to give them a lot of information about voting.”

Hupfer found the student body to be engaged and interested in the election throughout the day.

“I am incredibly inspired by our students’ commitment to democracy and exercising their right to vote,” Hupfer said. “They are passionate, concerned and informed, and I look forward to how they will continue to make an impact in their communities.”

Student Association also hosted a watch party in the Unity Room from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., where students could see the national election results as they came in. It was the second time Student Association has hosted a watch party for elections.

There were informational maps and graphics on the walls to keep track of results. “I think this is a great way to engage college-age voters,” said Nora Lipetzky, the allocations director for Student Association.