Shelby DeHaven, ‘Doah Managing Editor
September 18, 2013
With the Nov. 5 General Election quickly approaching, UVote is stressing the importance of college students being registered to vote.
Started two years ago, through the Center for Public Service and Scholarship, UVote has significantly increased the number of registered voters on campus. In 2012, the organization managed to register 94 percent of incoming freshmen and transfer students and topped that in 2013.
This year, UVote set up registration tables at the pharmacy student orientation and Freshmen Move-In Day. UVote President Cody Wiley explains that they put two people outside of the Ferrari Room to give a “strong ask.” “We told them in order to get your laptop you must first fill out the voter registration form. For those students who were already registered great there was a box for them to check and for those who were not it was a simple 2 minute process.” While not everyone filled out their form, this process led to success.
With this tactic, UVote registered 100 percent of the pharmacy students that attended orientation, as well as 80 percent of the incoming freshmen and transfer students on Move-In Day.
UVote members handed forms out to every student in hopes that they would at least consider the importance of voting. “Voting is one thing that cannot be avoided. Some people have the mindset that their vote does not count when this is not true at all,” said Wiley.
Currently, UVote is working to reach out to the Leesburg Campus.
The last day to register to vote in this year’s General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 15. For more information on UVote, email Cody Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org.