Friday, July 13, 2012

Have you registered to vote yet? What are you waiting for?

Thanks go to Megan Kennedy, Class of 2014 and a member of our Student Debate planning committee, for today's guest blog!

With September fast approaching, the Presidential Debate will be on campus before you know it!  This great opportunity to experience democracy in action is paired with the fact that many students will be eligible to vote for the very first time.  Have you registered yet?
Since I am looking forward to voting in my first election this November, I registered using the assistance of the website Rock the Vote.  It was easy!  All I had to do was fill out my personal information, print the form, sign it, and mail it in.  This site and many others like it provide an easy way to register and get all of your voting questions answered.
Be aware that each state has a different registration deadline, and most states require you to physically mail a form in.  This all takes time so be sure to look up when your state’s deadline is and plan ahead.  For example, New York’s deadline is October 12th, just days before we serve as Debate hosts on October 16.  For those students who do not live in New York and have already registered to vote, you may be required to fill out an absentee ballot.  These ballots generally need to be mailed to your home state weeks before the election takes place.  Each state has a different deadline- don’t miss yours!
            I’ll be in the voting booth on November 6thwhere will you be?


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