Becky Cavender, former student activities coordinator, fills in the voter registration goal chart. During last year's drive, more than 60 students, faculty and staff registered to vote.
Voting. It's one of the most important rights that we have as American citizens. The right to choose who we want to represent us is important to the future of our government. On Thursday, September 17, also Constitution Day, Reinhardt College students, faculty, staff and community members can take the first step in exercising this right by registering to vote.
Voting with Home or School Address
For college students, it is difficult to make the drive home in order to vote in elections. On Thursday, students can use the College's address as their residential address and vote in the local area.
"If they register with the school's address, they must have a different mailing address such as a P.O. box or parent's address. This will make sure that the voter registration card gets to them," said Dr. Walter May, Reinhardt College director of student activities and assistant dean of students.
Community Encouraged to Register
Community members who are not registered or who need to re-register are encouraged to participate also. If you have moved, you need to register with your new address in order to vote in your new precinct area. "It is a privilege and right instilled in us to vote. It is a great way to exercise our ability to vote for our leaders," May said.
"Change Starts at the Local Level."
At last year's Voter Registration Drive, more than 60 students, faculty and staff registered to vote. This year, there may be a lower number of registered voters because it is a non-election year; however, people can register now and vote this year in any upcoming local elections and next year in the governor's election, which will take place November 2, 2010.
"Change starts at the local level," May explained. "Students need to make voting a habit early on in their lives, and starting in college is a good place to begin."
For More Information
The drive will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Hasty Student Life Center lawn (Bannister Glasshouse if raining) on the College's campus in Waleska, Ga. For more information, contact May at 770-720-5540 or WPM@reinhardt.edu
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