Target: MSA members
Summary: Email from Ally Jacobs, president of the College Republicans,
concerning voter registration at the Michael Moore event.
Dear MSA Representatives and Campus Community:
It is my hope that this letter will serve to address my concerns regarding the Voice Your Vote Commission of MSA. I ask that MSA’s VYV Commission does not do voter registration at the Michael Moore event for two important reasons: the appearance of bias within the student government and the voter registration strategy. Each issue will be outlined as brief as possible in the following paragraphs.
Coming back to campus this fall, I was quick to find excitement in seeing November 2nd shirts proudly displayed across campus, naively believing that this Commission had one goal—to see the youth become involved in the political process regardless where they fall on the ideological spectrum. The non-partisan-at-first-glance image conveyed to new and returning students alike what the University has been trying to portray for years—that diversity of opinion is welcome at the University. Clearly the exemplary actions of many VYV Commission members have shown this principle, however others have not. While I will not go into details, and while I certainly appreciate Commission
members’ passion for politics and their passion for their choice of candidates, there are a few instances that show members’ view are seeping through the non-partisan barrier during voter registration. This weekend a group of politically active students outside the football game experienced this bias. There was absolutely no excuse for parading their views as representative of
the VYV commission, signified so by the November 2nd t-shirts they adorned and the clipboards in their hands.
Students all around campus are starting to feel like they constantly watch the political process on this campus through a liberal haze. Registering voters at the Michael Moore event tomorrow will only further the appearance of bias in MSA and in VYV Commission.
Furthermore, despite the appearance, registering voters and the Moore event would not be the most advantageous use of time. Those students who waited great lengths of time in line for tickets are most likely politically active already—most have made up their minds and are going to see Michael Moore in support or in abhorrence. The students that attend political events are already registered; they are the individuals who registered on their 18th
birthday. I suggest the best use of VYV resources would be to concentrate all human resources on targeting the dorms, to register those students who are less politically active, and to light the flame of activism as we continue to build up the future leaders of our campus community and our nation.
Chair, College Republicans
Alpha Phi Fraternity
University of Michigan