By: Reed Silvers, For The Clock
The Plymouth State University College Democrats are well underway during this historic election season. The club focuses on working to elect Democrats across the state of New Hampshire through volunteering on campaigns, hosting candidates to campus, and tabling to help students get out their vote. They meet every Tuesday at 6:00 pm in Rounds Hall.
Meetings are often ripe with discussion of volunteer opportunities. This fall, students are becoming involved in the campaigns of New Hampshire State Senate candidate Bill Bolton and incumbent New Hampshire U.S. Representative Annie Kuster. Club President Liam Pelosky stressed, “[Bill] is someone who, again, we are working very closely with because his opponent, the current state senator, 1) doesn’t believe in climate change, 2) doesn’t agree with the 2015 Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, and 3) does not believe in abortion and a woman’s right to choose. So, there’s a lot at stake here…” The club is also hosting a virtual campaign event for Kunster on Wednesday, October 14th, and hopes to host another virtual event with Bolton in the coming weeks.
Oftentimes, visitors will come to the club to offer opportunities to work on campaigns or organizations. Most recently, the club welcomed virtual guest speaker Amanda McNelly from Rights & Democracy New Hampshire (RADNH). McNelly came searching for volunteers to work on deep canvassing: a type of outreach that aims to form emotional connections with undecided voters through story sharing. “What we do is we work with the voter to hold a nonjudgmental space for them to share their opinions. Through that, we’ve been able to get a lot of movement away from Trump and towards Biden,” McNelly described.
Besides working with campaigns and outside political organizations, the club also shows their presence within the PSU community. Discussions of tabling, collaboration with other clubs, and virtual ways to politically engage students are a staple in every meeting. Right now, members are in contact with Common Ground, and the Black Student Union for potential joint club events. Over the next few weeks, keep your eye out for a table outside the HUB to learn more about all the club has to offer and why this election is not one anyone should sit out. You can also contact email@example.com to become a member of the PSU Democrats today!