Martin Institute to Host Election Night Viewing Party

November 7, 2016


On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters will head to the polls to decide who will lead our country for the next four years. Stonehill is playing a critical role in that process, offering rides to the polls from 9 a.m. to noon and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on election day, leaving every half hour from the Duffy parking lot.

“This year, as is often the case during a presidential election, we have a deeply divided electorate invested in two drastically different visions for the future,” said Peter Ubertaccio, director of the Martin Institute for Law and Society. “Stonehill students, many of whom are first-time voters, are thoughtful and engaged, and we’re proud to offer them a platform to take part in the election.”

Starting at 7:00 p.m., there will be an election viewing party in the auditorium at the Martin Institute.

“We are continuously working to foster an informed and politically active student body,” said Ubertaccio. “An open space for dialog and analysis on election night builds a sense of community and offers students an experience they will remember for years to come.”

What is at Stake?

There is a lot for students to track as the returns come in throughout the evening. There are a number of presidential election swing states this year that will determine the outcome of the election. And along with the top-of-the-ticket race, Democrats and Republicans are vying for control of the U.S. Senate. Similarly, the House of Representatives, while technically still up-for-grabs, would need a 38 seat swing to see a change of power.

And last but not least, there are a number of statewide ballot initiatives here in Massachusetts, two of which will come down to the wire according to recent polls. Question 2, which would expand access to public charter schools, and Question 4, which would legalize the possession and use of marijuana.

Members of the Stonehill community are welcome to join us at the Martin Institute Tuesday evening as the election results come in. Don’t miss it!