The 2012 presidential election is less than one month away and SUNY campuses are in full swing with “Rock the Vote” and similar campaigns. The movements are intended to register unregistered and eligible voters and to ensure that registered voters do participate in the election.
Today—Friday, October 12—is the final day that voters may register in New York State to be eligible to vote in the 2012 Election. While the choice between candidates may be hard for some to make, the overarching theme, participation in a democracy, is difficult for most to reject. In fact, votes cast by citizens under 30 years old composed of 18% of all votes in the 2008 election—one of the highest portions ever.
SUNY campuses each provide adequate resources to students and community members so that voting registration is more accessible. This election year, the movements across our campuses range from signing students up in dining halls to sending out mass emails to tabling in front of campus centers:
- Purchase College counts down the hours left to register with help from the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). (link)
- SUNY Oswego, with assistance from a custom website, breaks its goal of 1,000 registers with more than a day before the deadline. (link) (Listen to story on WRVO)
- UAlbany’s Student Involvement & Leadership host voter registration drives on campus to spread awareness and resources. (link) (Read story in Daily Gazette)
- SUNY Cortland answers general questions about voting on campus so that families and studies can be better prepared. (link)
- SUNY Geneseo has a designated website to provide various resources for local, statewide and national elections to its students. (link)
- SUNY Canton’s Student Government organized a voter registration and participation effort with enthusiastic volunteers registering new voters. (link)
- United University Professions, The SUNY Student Assembly, NYPIRG, NYSUT and Rock the Vote! have challenged SUNY’s state-operated campuses to register students to vote and highlighted September 25′s designation as National Voter Registration Day to help spread the message. (link)