To encourage the campus community to get informed before the Consolidated General Election on April 4, Elgin Community College is hosting a two-day ‘Party at the Polls’ event on Tuesday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 22. Party at the Polls is sponsored by ECC’s Student Government, the Office of Student Life, and the History & Political Science Department. All Party at the Polls events take place in the Jobe Lounge, Building B, of ECC’s 1700 Spartan Drive Campus.
ECC Student Government Executive Vice President Lexi Smith has been leading the student government effort to get the word out to students about the elections - both on campus and in the community. “Student government elections are important, but ECC students are part of the community too, and those elections directly affect us,” said Smith. “Getting educated about the issues and candidates is not something we can put off for someone else to worry about. We are voting on our future, and I’m proud of all the students helping to organize these town halls and encouraging their peers to participate in the election process.”
- Tuesday, March 21, features a town hall from 11 am to 12:15 pm with the two candidates in the Mayoral race for the City of Elgin, Corey Dixon and David Kaptain, moderated by LaTasha DeHaan, PhD, assistant professor of political science and Antonio Ramirez, PhD, associate professor of history. A short meet and greet reception with the candidates will follow.
- On Wednesday, March 22, Smith will moderate the town hall featuring all five candidates for the District 509 Board of Trustees from 11 am to 12:15 pm. Additional activities after the town hall include a DJ and a taco food truck.
"ECC students are our future leaders and voters, so this is an opportunity for them to help enrich our democracy and make their voices heard,” said Ramirez.
The Kane County VoteMobile will also be on campus both days from 9 am to 4 pm on the Lakeside Patio. Anyone registered to vote in Kane County can stop by to vote early. Unregistered individuals can register online through March 19 at ecc.turbovote.org. Onsite registration will be available at the VoteMobile; individuals will need to present two forms of ID. Additional details on registering to vote in Kane County are available at kanecountyclerk.org.