Event Encourages Student Voters to Register
October 5, 2006 11:59 PM
The California Faculty Association kicked off its annual student voter registration drive Monday, a nine-day event to get SF State students registered to vote for the Nov. 7 election.
The purpose of the drive is to get as many students registered, or re-registered, as possible, and to increase political awareness.
The nonpartisan event will run for two consecutive weeks, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, although there will be one additional day to register on Oct. 23.
The Harvard Institute of Politics also recognized the coordinated efforts of campus faculty and administration, most notably SF State President Robert Corrigan, who, over the past few years, has sent mass e-mails to students reminding them to vote.
Hector Cardenas, the ASI director, said the group is working with the California State Students Association, and that they are about to start the next phase of their efforts.
"Right now, we're falling into our classroom presentations, which will take place the next few weeks in freshman-oriented classes," said Cardenas. "It's there where we'll be able to discuss the minute details that you would easily skip over about whether you need to re-register or not."
SF State librarian and CFA member, Mitch Turitz, will be working at the booth in front of the library, and said one of the most frequently asked questions from students about registering is whether they will be summoned for jury duty. Turitz said there are numerous other ways to make one eligible for jury duty, like applying for a driver's license.
Although the records for the total amount of students who have registered on campus for each year were unavailable, McQuown is confident the event will be a success, regardless of the total, because of the civic service taking place on campus.
"Usually the student interest level builds towards the end of the registration period," McQuown said. "You know, like the ‘Hail Mary’ pass."
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