• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

  • Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

Election Primaries: Get Out There and Vote!

A lot of responsibility and privilege come at the age of 18 when you are granted with the ability to participate in one of the most important rights of American citizens: the right to vote. Today marks the day of election primaries, where government officials running for office are narrowed down for the final vote in November. Not only do these votes decide the individuals on the final ticket, but they also reveal what states and regions are most active in the political realm and also provides an idea of the population breakdown for each region voting. However, as I stated earlier, probably the most important aspect of the primaries is for you, as an American citizen, to exercise your right to vote for who represents the state and the nation. You may think your vote is unimportant or will not truly change the outcome of the election anyway, but it means so much more than that. It means standing up for your beliefs, putting your insight into the future government of our nation and society, and being an active member of the United States citizenship. By voting, you show that you care about your rights, your beliefs and morals, and your way of life and that you wish to actively protect and ensure these rights. It may seem easier to just allow the election to pass by with little more than a passing glance at the polls, but in the end you will regret not voicing your opinion. There is no threat to your vote, no one can force you to vote one way or the other…it is a free choice.

The only qualifiers for your voting eligibility today are:
1. That you are at least 18 years of age.
2. That you have resided in the state for at least 20 days.

To check your registration status and your available polling locations, check out mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx

Exercise your right today! The state and nation will appreciate your vote.

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