MTV and the Alliance for Youth Organizing have joined forces to launch Poll Defenders, an initiative that helps students secure polling locations on college campuses. The program has already placed 22 polling sites on campuses in 10 states, and has already had a positive impact, as "the polling resources will reach more than 335,000 students across the country up until and on Election Day."
With so many controversies surrounding the upcoming election, from voter fraud, to debates over the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, access to voting must be extended to as many elegible individuals as possible. To help this become a reality, MTV's +1 the Polls supplied resources and funding to those interested in becoming Poll Defenders. Without these resources, students may otherwise have to leave their campuses to cast their vote, which may be a deterent for some.
According to MTV, over 1000 polling locations across the country have closed in the last decade, making access less convenient for all. While voting among college students increased from 2012 to 2016, there is still much room for improvement. "Turnout was 48.3 percent, in 2016, compared to 45.1 percent in 2012. Among those who were registered to vote, 68.5 percent voted in 2016, compared to 65.3 percent in 2012." This means that even those who were registered neglected to cast their vote, something Poll Defenders hopes to change.
These students are working tirelessly to effect change and hope "the polling resources will reach more than 335,000 students across the country up until and on Election Day." With so much at stake in the coming election, the future seems a bit brighter due to the efforts of these hard working young people.