Let America Vote

Tenley Rooney
Ellis ’19 rallies his peers to be active participants in the midterm elections

It’s Monday night, and Sixth Former Ellis Clark has set up a table by the entrance to the Coit dining rooms. As students file past for dinner, Clark and Fifth Formers Cecilia Marrinan and Charlotte Scully are ready with pens and paper to register their eligible peers for absentee ballots ahead of the midterm elections this November.
Their efforts are part of Clark’s Independent Study Project (ISP), a self-driven form of study in which students select a subject of interest and develop a culminating project. Political science has always interested Clark, but following his experience with School Year Abroad (SYA) in Zaragoza, Spain, last year, he was able to see the American politics through a new lens. “When you are in the thick of it, you can’t see what’s good about it,” explains Clark. “When you are somewhere that just 40 years ago had a dictator, and that history lives on in the rural areas, it brings things into focus…I have the ability to participate in our political process.” Now that Clark is back in Millville he is working with Let America Vote, a national nonprofit that engages constituents across party lines to exercise their civic rights. Clark spends 10 hours a week working with the organization’s Manchester, N.H., office to canvass and engage Granite State voters.