By Matthew Scheidel
The Grand Rapids Community College Student Life office, the Library and Learning Commons and other faculty and staff are teaming up to host Civic Engagement Week, which takes place from Sept. 17 through Sept. 24. It starts with a voter registration drive on Sept. 17.
“We’ve teamed up to host this event because it’s important for students to be connected to their communities,” said Caroline Blair, director of Student Life and Conduct at GRCC. “Learning about candidates and issues, as well as voting in elections is one way to be engaged in your community.”
Blair said that this may be the first time a traditional-aged college student has the opportunity to vote in a major election.
“We want to encourage as many students as possible to have their voices heard,” Blair said.
During the last gubernatorial election in 2014, there was a 41.6 percent turnout rate.
The drive will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 17, in the Student Center on the first floor corridor by the bookstore. GRCC volunteers will have voter registration forms and information available to make sure students get properly registered. Students need to take a government issued form of ID to register on the spot, or take a form to fill out later with another proof of address document.