Political Science

Election Day is coming up on Tuesday, and Saints are already actively getting out the vote. 

All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election, as well as a third of U.S. Senate seats, several governorships (New York and Massachusetts among them) and many local government seats and state referenda.

Carly Fanning ’23 and members of Siena’s Voter Friendly Campus chapter have been active since the start of the semester to get the Siena community – especially first-time voters – registered and knowledgeable about who and what are on their ballots.

“We’ve been going into classrooms to help encourage Siena students to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and make a voting plan,” said Fanning.

VFC also had a table in the SSU atrium today to provide stamps and envelopes to any students who need to mail in absentee ballots, and to remind all students of Election Day.  

A couple events coming up once you’ve cast your ballot: 

  • The Siena Republican Club will host an Election Night watch party on November 8 at 9PM in the Molinari Room of the SSU. All political persuasions are welcome.
  • The Political Science Society will host an election debrief conversation on November 9th at 9 pm in Siena Hall 308. 

Michael Connors ’25, president of the Siena College Democrats, said “voting is the best way to let our political leaders know what our priorities are, and the most effective way to create progress in every level of government. 

“The 2022 midterm elections are the most important of our lifetime,” he said. “It’s important you have your say, even if you don’t get your way, and the best way to do this is by showing up to the polls in large numbers on Election Day.”

Siena Republicans are also encouraging classmates to get out the vote, and they have also helped out local candidates in their races.

President Matthew Connor ’25 said, “Once a year, the power over our future is given back to the people. It is our opportunity to reshape the ways that decisions are made and hold those in office accountable. The citizens of America must realize that issues are not decided based off what people say on social media, but by what voters choose at the ballot box.”

Check with the county Board of Elections where you are registered to vote to learn about the ways you can cast your ballot on or before Election Day.