As reported in the Daily today, the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group and the Minnesota Student Association went to all 11 residence halls and surrounding areas to get young voters to the polls.
MPIRG Executive Director Josh Winters said over 200 volunteers from the metro area knocked on every door in every University residence hall between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. today. He said although the majority of people they spoke with had already voted, there were some who had planned on not voting and were persuaded by volunteers.
Winters said he told them elected officials pay attention when young people vote and that that’s a large part of what this election is all about.
"The environment, affordable quality higher education, affordable housing, current economic crisis … are going to be decided by the people we elect today. And if we don’t get our voice heard in that process, it’s just not going to happen," Winters said.