It’s Election Day 2016 and Neil Minet is in it for the long haul. Minet is one of approximately two dozen OCC Politics Club student-members who are working at polling places throughout Onondaga County. The students are there when the polls open at 6 a.m. and work right up until the polls close at 9 p.m. “It’s definitely a long day but it’s fun to be part of the process,” said Minet.
Minet is working in the polling place in his hometown Marcellus Fire Department. He’s a member of Marcellus High School’s Class of 2016 who will earn a Mathematics & Science degree from OCC next May. As voters walk in the door and go to the table representing the district they live in, Minet checks their name in the voter registry and has them sign their name before voting.
The Election Day efforts of Minet and other students in the Politics Club are the culmination of a year-long build up to this day. The Politics Club sponsored voter registration drives on campus, debate viewing parties, hosted forums with Congressional candidates and other events aimed at informing the entire campus community about the choices in this election cycle. The Politics Club is led by Associate Professor of Social Sciences Christopher Thuot.