Date: October 16, 2008
Department: News & Public Information
Voters who live off campus should check their polling location at vote411.org.
An Election Day kick off rally will be held at 11am on the west patio side of the campus, feel free to stop by on your way to the polls.
UMass Dartmouth student organizations have registered 1,500 new voters during a two-week campus-wide, non-partisan effort to encourage the University's 9,300 students to participate in the state and federal elections.
The consortium of student organizations leading the effort includes, the Student Senate, Office of the Student Trustee, MassPirg, SAIL, and student Democrat and Republican organizations.
The focus now turns to encouraging the registered voters to cast a ballot on Nov. 4 either at the polls or by absentee ballot.
"I'm so glad that we were able to initiate a voter registration/get out the vote campaign on our campus,'' said Student Trustee Tamara Endich. "With this historic election coming up, one that will have a big impact on our future, it is so great to see so many college students getting involved and spreading the word about the importance of the elections and the issues on the ballot."
Among the events scheduled:
Speak Up, Speak Out - An open discussion on the issues, Oct. 22, 5 p.m., Library Browsing Area.
Author and Environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Tripp Athletic Center.
Comedian and Commentator Jimmy Tingle, Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Main Auditorium.
Taxes, Pot and Dogs -- A Ballot Question Forum - Learn about proposals to eliminate the income tax, change marijuana possession laws, and outlaw dog racing, Oct. 29, 1 p.m., Main Auditorium.
Speak Up, Speak Out - A student debate on the big issues, Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m., Library Browsing Area
Election Day Rally, Nov. 4 at 11:00am on the Campus Center West Patio.