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:
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.