Friday, November 09, 2018

[191] Election Day to become ‘Party at the Polls’ with help from MTSU groups

MURFREESBORO — MTSU is turning the midterm elections into a full-fledged celebration of democracy.

Food and music will be part of Tuesday’s “Party at the Polls,” a #VoteTogether election-day event from 3 to 7 p.m. at Central Magnet School, 701 E. Main St. in Murfreesboro. 

Groups will gather for walks from the MTSU campus to Central Magnet, a voting location. They will head out at 3 p.m. from the John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building and at 4 p.m. from the blue horseshoe near Peck Hall. The forecast calls for partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 60s.

Free Uber rides to Central Magnet are available by choosing “payment” on the app menu on a touchtone cell phone. Scroll down to “promotions.” Tap “Add Promo Code/Gift Code.” Enter the code “EARLYVOTE2018” and tap “ADD.” 

Free popcorn will be available and Daniel Green, director of MTSU’s Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs, will serve as deejay for the music. Several food trucks will offer tasty treats for sale, including Smyrna’s own Cousins Maine Lobster. 

The event is sponsored by the MTSU American Democracy Project in partnership with CivicTN, the Campus Election Engagement Project, Civic Nation and Students Learn Students Vote. 

At the conclusion of the voter registration period in Tennessee, assisted by the Rutherford County Election Commission, the American Democracy Project for Civic Engagement at MTSU reported that the university’s tentative student voter registration count for 2018 superseded 1,070 newly registered voters.

“Working with our community partners and not-for-profit partners at the local, state and national levels, we have observed a level of enthusiasm and engagement we trust will prove to be unsurpassed at MTSU for an interim election,” said Mary Evins, ADP campus coordinator and an associate professor of history.

For more information, contact Evins at 615-904-8241,, #VoteTogether or #MTSUVotes!

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