A Question from the Voter Registration TableSeptember 25, 2012
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I’m at yet another table trying to get college kids to register to vote. My feet are beginning to hurt, but here comes another group of students. I ask, “Have you registered to vote? Have you registered to vote?” This has been my mantra over the past several weeks.
Registering voters can be frustrating — for example, a student once told me that she didn’t want to vote because she doesn’t like standing in line for things. She was, at that moment, standing in line for half of a sandwich.
I continue on down the line. “Have you registered to vote?” Many students stop me and say that they’ve been meaning to register, but they never get around to it. Yeah, I can sympathize. I so often mean to do the right thing but get distracted by life. They are thrilled that we are making registration so easy. One student shouts out, “I love this school — they think of everything to help the students.”
All of a sudden, my feet don’t hurt. I am helping people with their questions: Do I have to register before each election? How do I know where to go to vote? Does it cost to register? I am jazzed. I keep telling these millennials that they are the deciding generation. I tell them to grab their power. Then I finally close down. I know that in a few hours, I’ll be on another campus asking, “Have you registered to vote?” It’s a question that is worth repeating!
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This post was written by AAUW Virginia Beach (VA) Branch Public Policy Vice President Sally Daniel.