Clayton State University’s Department of Campus Life put this year’s presidential election on the forefront of student minds during National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27.
More than 100 students came out to the President's Plaza to learn about the voting process and discuss issues relevant to the November election. And 33 of those who attended registered to vote.
“It was important for us to recognize National Voter Registration Day to encourage students to register to vote and learn about the issues that are important in the upcoming election that affect them as students and community members,” said Natasha Hutson, Director of the Student Activities Center & Department of Campus Life. “We want our students to know that their voice matters, and they should use it to better our democracy by voting.”
National Voter Registration Day was established by the National Association of Secretaries of State to mobilize a grassroots network of local organizations and volunteers to ensure all people have the ability to vote on Election Day.
Several student groups participated in National Voter Registration Day, including the Campus Events Council, the Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Baptist Student Ministries, the Fashion Society, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), We are One Interfaith Council and Clayton State Athletics. Political science students also volunteered during the day.
President Tim Hynes spoke with several radio stations at the event on the importance of college students voting. Students were also quizzed on their knowledge of the American election process and took part in a mock election.
Who did Clayton State students think should become president? About 86 percent said Hilary Clinton.