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.”