Civic Union (MCU), an official student organization
at Morningside College, registeredto
vote this fall, in an effort dubbed the Morningside Democracy
Project. MCU led the way in registering young voters
in the state of Iowa on small college campuses.
undertaken by MCU in collaboration with the New
Voters Project (www.newvotersproject.org),
began in September and involved 45 to 50 Morningside student-volunteers. MCU
students registered voters by manning tables near the cafeteria
at meal times; visiting each freshman seminar class; visiting
with athletic teams; attending meetings of student organizations,
such as the Iowa Educators Association student chapter; and
talking to their friends and neighbors in the residence halls.
MCU students also
volunteered to work the polls for the satellite voting that
took place on campus in the Olsen Student Center on Thursday,
Oct. 21. More
than 415 persons voted that day--a record
for satellite voting at college campuses in the area.
student voters. Right: community members came out for the
satellite voting on Oct. 21.
non-partisan student participation in civic matters
on the local, state, and national level. Other politically
active organizations on campus include the Morningside College
Republicans and the Morningside College Democrats.
Dr. Patrick McKinlay
is faculty advisor for MCU, and junior Jonathan Fisk is president.