The Central Votes website
was created in 2008 by The Center for International Ethics
(which was then known as the ‘Center for Professional and Personal Ethics) at Central Michigan University. The aim of the site is to help students - many of whom are first-time (or ‘virgin’) voters - think about how (in person vs. absentee) and where (home vs Mt. Pleasant) they want to cast their ballots.
Michigan’s election law can be confusing to first-time voters and students may not realize the importance of the ‘how’ and ‘where’ questions until its too late! This site also makes voter registration form available to students, and in so doing, helps Central Michigan University comply with the U.S. Higher Education Act (Section 1904a(23)(A)). Colleges and universities have a legal duty to make a “good faith effort” to distribute voter registration forms to their students. CMU informs students about the CMU Vote website with each printing of the schedule of classes, where information about the site is found in the “General Information” section found at the beginning of each Class Schedule.
If you doubt the importance of the voting, you may want to read the following Op-Ed that was written by the Founding Dean of The College of Humanities & Social & Behavioral Sciences and former Provost of Central Michigan University, E. Gary Shapiro. The letter was published in the October 4, 2010 edition of CM-Life