By Kylie Stoltzfus
News Editor

Oct. 18, 2021 is the deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania. 

Amidst mounting political tensions, heated debates and an ongoing global pandemic, the 2020 presidential election became an all consuming headline in America’s civil discourse. After chaotic debates that resemble more of a sporting match, it may come as no surprise that voter turnout broke records in 2020. 

A study published by Pew Research Center stated that nearly two-thirds of eligible voters cast a ballot in the 2020 election. According to a study published by the United States Census Bureau, 17 million more people voted during the 2020 presidential election than in 2016. This proved to be the largest increase in voter data the United States Census Bureau had ever recorded. Who is to blame for the increase in voter turnout? People between the ages of 18-34 helped bolster the dramatic increase in voter turnout. 

While presidential elections draw a crowd, local elections have the potential to cause direct influence on the voter’s community. The upcoming election on Nov. 2 may not produce meme-worthy debate content or fiery talking points for national news media, however the opportunity to participate in the democratic process remains the same. To view candidate information for Lancaster County, visit https://co.lancaster.pa.us/308/Candidate-Information

All prospective voters must register via www.pa.gov by October 18, 2021 in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. 

Millersville University provides frequent opportunities for students to become more civically engaged and foster a deeper personal political engagement. The Center for Civic and Community Engagement is Millersville’s hub for civic engagement. The Center provides resources for students, opportunities for civic engagement and avenues for students to develop their leadership potential. A vital resource offered by the Center

The Center is part of Millersville University’s Student Success Network, an office within the university that seeks to provide opportunities for students to grow personally, professionally and academically. To learn more about upcoming opportunities to get involved with the Center and Millersville’s Student Success Network, visit https://www.millersville.edu/ccerp/