On Wednesday, Sept. 12, the Secretary of State’s mobile bus was on SVSU’s campus encouraging students to register to vote.
The Secretary of State mobile bus was available to students from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the President’s Courtyard.
Overall, 61 students registered to vote during the event.
Students were also able to switch their license plate for an SVSU license plate for the Drive with Red Pride campaign.
Through this special promotion, SVSU reimburses the $35 fee for new SVSU-branded plates, with the $10 annual fee going toward SVSU student scholarships.
All who attended also had the opportunity to sign up to be an organ donor.
Having the Secretary of State on campus encouraged SVSU students to consider the importance of voting from their own perspective.
Chelsea Randall, a graphic design junior, said she thought it was important to register to
“I think it’s important that I register to vote because I am of legal age, and I should participate in voting,” Randall said.
Molly Leslie, a biology sophomore, agreed on the importance of voting. “I think it’s important to register to vote because it’s important for young people to have a say of what’s going on in our country,” Leslie said.
The Secretary of State mobile bus allowed students to learn about absentee voting as well as the Michigan voting system, among other services.
“I think it’s a good service for students for them to be able to register right there,” said Riley Hupfer, the assistant director of the Center for Community Engagement. “They can get a new license plate, change their address and everything the Secretary of State offers in one day. It saves them a lot of time if they don’t have transportation to visit a branch office.”
Other students found the Secretary of State mobile bus to be a convenient way to conduct business with the Secretary of State’s office.
They appreciated having the services come directly to campus.
“It’s convenient; you don’t have to make time out of your day to go somewhere else, and you’re more inclined to do it since it’s right here,” Leslie said.
Randall noted that without this service, some students would have difficulty making it to a Secretary of State office.
“Some people don’t have cars, so if they’re on campus, they can go to this instead of worrying about getting there,” Randall said.
The Secretary of State mobile bus is planned to continue to be on SVSU’s campus annually.
“It’s a great service, and I hope students use it in the future,” Hupfer said. “It’s important to exercise that right [of voting]. There are a few races that come down to one vote. Your voice does matter, and it is important to exercise that right and learn more about the process and get involved at a young age. Young people have a lot to contribute, and there is a stigma that young people don’t vote, and I think that is changing and that more young people are getting involved in the process.”