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Voting among students can appear to be a hassle, especially if this is the first year students are eligible to vote.
Katherine Price, 21, who is majoring in Education and also serves as the Director of Productions in Student Senate, reports that only 22 percent of students at Century College voted in the last election. This year Student Senate has been working around the clock to encourage students to come out and vote this coming November.
Senate members have personally been going classroom to classroom to inform students on how they can participate in this year’s election. These classroom visits don’t take much time, about 5 minutes or less. Tavion Tran, 21, President of Student Senate, and a Health Science major, has been visiting classes on campus to explain how easy the process is for new voters.
Tran explains that “at the start of each class [he asks] for a show of hands to see who is 18 and over. Once [he sees] everyone who is eligible to vote [he passes] out a card to them pledging that they will vote in the upcoming election”. Students only have to fill out name and preferred contact method on the small card they receive, and then return it to Tran.
The Voter Drive at this year’s election will be held on both the east and west campuses. During the entire month of October, Student Senate will have computers set up not only for those who have already pledged to vote, but also for those who feel it is more convenient to vote at school. Students can register and vote on the same day.
Everyone in Student Senate will be hosting the computer voting, including Tran and Price. They will also be there to assist any students who may have questions. For extra incentive and encouragement, Student Senate will be giving out treats for all those who participate at the voter drive.
It is important for not only Century students to vote, but all other colleges as well. Tran emphasizes that “it is important that students get out and vote every election year, not only to elect the next president, but to also choose good senators because they work more closely with colleges and can help improve tuition costs”. Students attending any college can agree that tuition costs can be improved one way or another.