November 2, 2022
Students get out the vote, on campus and across the state
By Susan Kelley, Cornell Chronicle, Lindsey Ross Johnson, Student and Campus Life
Cornell Votes members Dana Karami ’23, center, vice president of operations; Patrick Mehler ’23, founding member and president; and Lauren Sherman ’24, incoming vice president of external operations, gather in Willard Straight Hall.
On Nov. 8, for the first time, nearly all Cornell students who live on campus will be able to vote on campus in a general election, thanks in part to Cornell Votes, a two-year-old nonpartisan student group that helped advocate locally and statewide for on-campus polling locations in New York.
“The ultimate inspiring thing for me is that students are a wildly untapped population in terms of people getting their voices heard – a huge group who, in my experience, is not apathetic but frustrated with how complicated it typically is to vote,” said Patrick Mehler ’23, founding member and president of Cornell Votes, a senior in the ILR School and an alderperson on the City of Ithaca’s Common Council.