Every year, millions of Americans are not allowed to vote because they miss a deadline or don’t know how to register. HWS Votes has collaborated with National Voter Registration Day to ensure that members of the HWS and local community get signed up.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, HWS Votes will assist students and others in registering to vote in the Scandling Campus Center. A non-partisan student group, HWS Votes is dedicated to encouraging participation in elections, as well as educating the community on candidates and issues.
“Student involvement in elections is important, especially during a midterm election cycle where youth turnout is historically low. HWSVotes seeks to reverse this trend,” says co-president Olivia Lowenberg ’15.
HWS Votes collaborates with other political student groups, including College Republicans, College Democrats, Americans for an Informed Democracy, and the Progressive Student Army, to host events throughout the year. Founded during the 2004 presidential election, HWS Votes teamed up with TurboVote in 2012 to make voter registration even easier for students. TurboVote streamlines the process by sending forms both in hard copies and through email.
In addition to TurboVote initiatives, HWS Votes hosts debate screenings, roundtable discussions, and visiting politicians. The organization also provides comprehensive educational material regarding a wide range of political issues and candidates across campus.
Students can register to vote for free at hws.turbovote.org.