Emma Drever, president of Northern Michigan University's student government organization (ASNMU), is quoted in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled "How to Get Students to Vote in a Pandemic? Get Creative."
The story addressed the need for student leaders at some institutions to take the effort online, with large social gatherings off limits and fewer students walking through some campuses, where registration and information tables might typically be located.
NMU has been able to maintain face-to-face instruction, with a relatively low incidence rate of people who've tested positive for the Covid-19 virus (five active positive cases as of Oct. 7). But Drever said NMU student leaders are taking other creative steps to ensure their peers vote. One has been to familiarize themselves with the election laws and deadlines of not only Michigan, but other Midwest states. They recognize that many students hail from Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
“It's always been important to our mission to address that need because it's something I face personally and members from my vote committee face personally,” said Drever in the article. She votes in her Illinois hometown. “This is a sizable population of our student body, and we need to address their needs.”
Read the full Chronicle article here.