Young Activists Push Voter Registration at Minnesota Community Colleges

On a crisp, fall-like morning, a small group of Normandale Community College students milled around a blue-bannered table strategically placed in a bustling corridor outside the school bookstore. Clipboards in hand, they set out to talk to a steady stream of undergraduates heading to and from class.

Unlike at other booths scattered throughout the Bloomington campus on the first week of class, the goal wasn’t to help peers choose their courses or join one of dozens of clubs active at the two-year college. Their mission: register fellow students to vote.

“If you want something out of life, you should be able to voice it out,” said Mariel Woods, a 19-year-old member of the Student Senate. “Voting is a big part of that.”

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