One of the most tumultuous presidential election seasons is winding to a close and throughout it, members of the UMass Lowell community have been thoroughly engaged in the process. From students working at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to the headline-grabbing polls conducted by the Center for Public Opinion to a fall voter registration drive on campus that netted more than 400 new voters, students, faculty, alumni and staff have been active participants in this historic election.
Many students are casting their first presidential ballots this year, an act they’ll remember for years to come. Their participation, and that of the entire university community, whether through voting, scholarship or activism, ensure an informed, engaged electorate. That’s a strong indication of the health of our democracy, no matter the outcome when the ballots are tallied.