Simply put, the Nov. 6 election is one of the biggest elections of our lifetime. In North Dakota, a tightly contested Senate race between Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer could be the deciding race for which party controls the Senate, which will impact policy and decide the balance on the Supreme Court. Other statewide races fill up the ballot, and ballot measures such as legalizing recreational cannabis are also of major interest this election.
In Minnesota, a new governor will be decided, as well as two elections for senators. Across the country, each seat of the House of Representatives is up for grabs.
Educate yourself and vote in the election this year. College students traditionally vote at much lower rates than the rest of the population, marginalizing the voice we have. Get out and vote, and as a population, students and young people can work toward making sure the views we have on issues are heard.
If you plan to vote in Fargo, bring identification with your current residential address. If the address on your ID is not current, bring a utility bill, paystub or bank statement that shows you reside within the precinct in which you plan to vote. Visit https://vip.sos.nd.gov/wheretovote.aspx if you live in North Dakota to find out where you vote.
If you plan to vote out of state and need information on how to vote in your state, visit your state’s Secretary of State website. Look into absentee voting by mail or early voting. Early voting can take place from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, and students can vote at the Fargodome.
Follow @NDSUVotes for more information and be heard.
Written by: Tyson Jorstad, Desiree Dickmann, Cheyenne Richards, Mariah Eriksen, Jenna Binstock, Molly Janicke, Lexi Marsalek-Williamson, Greta Schoenberg & Kaylin Hufnagle (Social Work 427 class)
Contact: Tyson Jorstad, 701-205-8549, Social Work and HDFS major, senior