On Thursday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,The Democracy Project will be partnering with all of the nine Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) house managers to host a campus-wide voter registration event. Tables will be located in the courtyards of the Non Compis Mentis (NCM) sorority in Mayflower Hall and the Chi Psi fraternity in Hooker Hall.
Miola Aganovic ’17, house manager for NCM, said that “FSL and the Democracy Project are partnering together to help get more voter turnout as a campus and to promote civic engagement this voting season.”
While multiple events are being held between now and Oct. 11 (the last day to register in time to vote in the 2016 presidential election), the event is specifically designed so that students active in athletics, extracurriculars, and FSL are able to register with ease.
“It only takes about 2 minutes to fill out a registration form,” said Aganovic.
The forms are submitted by The Democracy Project, meaning that students are not required to do anything else besides filling it out to receive their new voter identification card in the mail. Additionally, at least one house manager and representative from The Democracy Project will be at each table to answer any questions and assist students.
Most importantly, students can re-register even if they are registered in another state or another part of Florida using their Rollins address. Busses will then be available on the day of the election to transport students to/from the polls.
“This is a school-wide initiative to get more students to vote, because a lot of them say they just don’t have time,” stressed Aganovic. A CNBC statistic shows that in 2012, only 38% of college-aged Americans voted, the lowest of all age demographics.
This is just one of The Democracy Project’s many registration events over the next few weeks. Also, coming up is the FSL Block Party on Oct. 1, where they will be tabling. Additionally, they will be hosting Debate Watch Parties in Dave’s Boathouse all through October, starting with the one on Oct. 4 from 9 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. Lastly, on Election Day (Nov. 8), their Rally to the Polls event will shuttle voters from Tars Plaza to the election site.
“Not everyone gets the privilege of choosing their leader,” said Aganovic, “and I think if there’s an opportunity for you to register and vote with little effort, you should take advantage of it.”