Rock the Vote event promotes student voter registration

The event will take place on Thursday Sept. 27 from 12 to 2 p.m. in Physician's Promenade. (Photo courtesy of smallcaps via Flickr Creative Commons)

The Bully Pulpit series and SGA are hosting Rock the Vote on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Physician’s Promenade from 12 to 2 p.m. There will be pizza, giveaways and music by CisternYard Radio. The purpose of the event is to register students and educate voters.

Both the College Republicans and the College Democrats will be present to represent the campaigns. The Women’s League of Voters will also be there to answer any questions about the election process.

Amanda Ruth-McSwain, a communication professor, said voting is, “an important habit that (students) start to form and develop.” As an event organizer, she said she hopes that Rock the Vote will help to form those habits.

McSwain said, “To be an engaged citizen and someone who understands what’s going on and to have a voice you need to vote.”

Rock the Vote is a national nonprofit organization that tends to host large scale events, but also lends its name, identity and materials to smaller organizations.

McSwain said, “They help promote the event, and they gave them the rights of some of their materials.”

According to McSwain, historical voter turnouts among young people have been low for a few reasons. McSwain said, “I think it’s a combination of: not forgetting, but being overwhelmed with other responsibilities, and on the other hand not understanding the process of how to go about voting if they’re registered somewhere else or not registered yet.”

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  1. September 23, 2012 @ 5:38 pm mat catastrophe

    “McSwain said, ‘To be an engaged citizen and someone who understands what’s going on and to have a voice you need to vote.'”

    What a typically biased and Establishment thing to say.

    This attitude lends itself to the lazy idea that only people who vote are allowed to complain about the system, completely ignoring the interesting fact that the percentage of people who respond to polls indicating that neither party represents their interests nearly matches the percentage of people who do not vote.

    While correlation is not causation, it certainly gives one a reason to think critically about what purpose voting serves Iin a society dominated by two parties of wealthy, center-right to far-right plutocrats and oligarchs.

    Essentially, it helps legitimize that system to the slim majority who participate and helps frame the opinion of the poor and dispossessed as outside the boundaries of acceptable debate.

    It is also interesting to note that these voter drives are more prominent during the General Election cycle, which is demonstrably the least important election in terms of the average Americans day-to-day lives. What the Mayor and City Council will do in the next six months is more likely to directly affect you than anything Obama (or Romney, on the extreme off chance he wins) will do in the next four years.

    The idea that voting automatically creates an active citizen is akin to the idea that going to church on Christmas Eve and Easter alone will save you in the eyes of the Christian God.

    Again, it is a lazy and all-too-easy argument to make and allows people who are too lazy or self absorbed to do real work in their communities slide simply because they “participate”.


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