The Macalester College campus is very active, with high turnout, says staffer Ken Tivey.
He says Macalester students tend to communicate about events in colored chalk on the walkways, “And the path to the polling place is made colorfully clear,” says Tivey, who sent us a sample – a photo of a walkway where someone has written “VOTE” in a big chalk outline.
Macalester’s student center has opened a volunteer hospitality suite mostly for get-out-the-vote volunteers, but also for poll watchers, too.
MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) has about 40 Mac volunteers on campus; they are hosting an info table (with coffee!) at the polling place closest to campus. MPIRG is especially interested in providing info about the judge races, since those candidates are the least familiar.
MPIRG volunteers are in communication with one another at campuses around the Twin Cities. They report that Macalester students are truly getting their vote on big time. They say in the first hour of voting, Macalester had more student voters than at the University of Minnesota campus.