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GVSU Offers Students Transportation To The Polls

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Election Day is tomorrow… and to help students get to the polls, Grand Valley State University is providing transportation to the local polling location. GVSU has received high marks in its efforts to educate and encourage students about registration and voting.  It was recently designated as a Voter Friendly Campus by “Campus Vote Project”. 

Since August, more than three-thousand students at Grand Valley State University have become registered to vote.  For student body president, Ella Fritzemeier, it’s an exciting time.

“We’ve been able to see our siblings, our parents, aunts and uncles, everybody getting involved in the democratic process and now it’s finally our turn. We have just as many people in our generation as the baby boomers, so I’m really excited but also a little nervous.”

That’s Ella Fritzemeier. She’s student body president at Grand Valley State University.  She says the student senate along with the Community Service Learning Center has organized rides for students to get to the polls on Election Day.

“We’re calling them voter vans… so students can come anytime between 8 am and 8 pm and we will have drivers driving back and forth between the polls every 20 minutes.”

That’s for those registered to vote at the Allendale township voting precinct.  The vans will run every 20 minutes, from 8 am until 8 pm on Election Day.  The pick-up and drop off location is the bus stop in front of the Kirkoff Center on the Allendale Campus.  Students will be taken to the Allendale Charter Township voting precinct.  Fritzmeier says there are also buses that students can ride for free to Grand Rapids voting locations.

“I think it’s just also a movement, to say hey, we support you guys voting, no matter who you’re voting for because it is your right as a United States Citizen.”

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.