Titans Encouraged to Exercise Their Right to Vote
Oct. 17, 2012
David Alcosser registered to vote Oct. 18 during a voter fair at Cal State Fullerton.
The 19-year-old sophomore communications major, who registered online, said he did so because “I want to contribute my voice.”
That was the point of the fair, said Dwayne Mason, Associated Students, Inc. president. “We are helping students get educated on the issues and the candidates on the ballot so they can make educated decisions in the voting booth.”
The fair, sponsored by ASI and CSUF’s Government Relations Office, featured speakers for and against a number of the propositions on the November ballot. Representatives of candidates running in state and local races also spoke.
“It's important for students to vote,” said history graduate student John Belleci, president of the Student California Teachers Association, who attended the fair answering questions about several propositions and giving the SCTA’s view. “In the next two years, the millennial generation, those who are 18 to 30 years old, will make up 40 percent of the voting block. They will have the power to change the country. They just have to exercise their right to vote.”
Scores of students, faculty and staff members attended the fair to find out about the candidates and ballot initiatives, said Frances Teves, director of state relations and advocacy. “We also had a number of people register to vote today. The point of campus-wide voter mobilization effort, which began in 2004, is voter registration, education and getting out the vote on election day. We don’t care how you vote, as long as you vote.”
She said those who are not registered to vote are being urged to register online. The deadline to register to vote in next month's election is Oct. 22.
As part of the campus effort to encourage people to vote, CSUF’s ASI, Goverment Relations and the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice have been hosting presidential debate-watching events. The next debate watch is set for Monday, Oct. 22, in the Titan Student Union pub, and the public is welcome to attend. A panel discussion with political analysts will follow the debate.
In addition, those who wish to drop off their mail-in ballots on election day, Nov. 6, are welcome to do so at the polling place on campus, Golleher Alumni House.
By: Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586