Election Day is coming up, and ETSU Votes wants all of the students at East Tennessee State University registered to vote.

“We have registered over 500 students to vote and we are still receiving applications,” said Carla Warner, director of ETSU Votes.
“Our goal was to reach 500, so we are pleased with our results.”

Even though the deadline to register in time to vote in the 2016 presidential election was Oct. 11, ETSU Votes is still available to answer questions that students have about where their polling place is located, how to request an absentee ballot and early voting.

Students can go to the ARC on the second floor of the D.P. Culp University Center and register to vote any time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“We have several events coming up over the next two weeks,” Warner said.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ETSU votes will host a faculty panel discussion about the 2016 election.

Students on campus are also encouraging their peers to vote.

“Voting is important,” said Elena Lawitzke, a member of ETSU Conservative Coalition. “Especially amongst millennials, because we’re emerging adults, so we need to cultivate the best future possible.”

Both young Republicans and Democrats hope their fellow students take part in voting in the upcoming election.

“Voting at our age is crucial, because we are in an era where change is not only needed, now, but for future generations,” said M.k. Doka, a member of College Democrats. “If everyone in our generation voted, think of how much of an impact we could have on the future of America.”

The ETSU website is also helpful to students who have questions about voting.

“We want to encourage students to early vote,” Warner said. “Students who have a heavy class schedule on Tuesdays may need to make a clear plan as to how they will vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Lines may be long on that day. Early voting could help students avoid problems with finding time.”