Cal U Plans Voter Registration Drive

Sep 14, 2020

The American Democracy Project effort will be Sept. 21-23 via Zoom.

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To prepare the Cal U community for the Nov. 3 general election, the American Democracy Project at Cal U is holding a virtual voter registration drive Sept. 21-23. 

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 22. 

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the three days, Cal U will host Zoom sessions to assist students who want to register for the first time or update their existing registration. Join meeting

The Zoom room will have faculty, students, and staff members present to answer questions and provide information on registration, mail-in voting, nonpartisan voter guides and more. A voter information for page for students can also be viewed at calu.edu/vote2020

Cal U's two Campus Engagement Project Democracy Fellows -- Alexandra Royal and Chris Lisle -- are leading the voter registration effort. Lisle is partnering with student Jeromy Mackey on a social media voting challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Dr. Daniel Engstrom, interim provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, will ask faculty to set aside the first 5 minutes of online class on Sept. 22-23 for students to register on their smart phones, iPads, and laptops.  

Cal U, based on its efforts to educate student voters and get them to the polls for elections, has been named a Voter Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project, a project of the nonpartisan, nonprofit Fair Elections Center in Washington, D.C. Only 125 campuses nationwide, including 10 in Pennsylvania, hold the Voter Friendly Campus designation.  

Dr. Keat Murray, associate professor of English in the Department of Culture, Media, and Performance, co-chairs ADP’s’ Voter Registration Committee. 

“Comprised of Cal U students and faculty, ADP is committed to assisting students to exercise their right to vote,” Murray said. “In our three-day virtual drive, students who want to register to vote or update their registration can do so. 

“Given the long struggle many Americans endured to obtain the right to vote, we hold the elective franchise as a valuable civic responsibility.”