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Civic Engagement Week kicks off with the Voter Registration Drive

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Voting stickers at First Presbyterian Church in River Forest on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Chicago. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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.

According to state voting records, there are 453,648 registered voters in Kent County. During the last presidential election in 2016, there was a 63 percent turnout rate.

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.

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