HWS Votes! will spearhead a pair of election events that are open to the greater Geneva community.
On Monday, Oct. 30, Community Service House will host a dessert and discussion titled, “The 2006 Mid-term elections: Will the Democrats Gain Control of Congress?” with guests Professor Iva Deutchman and President Mark Gearan.
Two organizers, sophomores Philip Anderson of Westwood, Mass., and Adam Malitz of New York City, have been following how close the upcoming races in House and Senate are turning out to be.
A recent CBS survey found that 48 seats in the House of Representatives are considered competitive races. While 42 of these are held by Republicans, the Democrats need only to pick up 15 to take control of the House.
The discussion will begin at 8:30 p.m. at 737 S. Main St.
On election night, Tuesday, Nov. 7, HWS Votes! will sponsor a bipartisan party beginning at 8 p.m. in the Cellar Pub, in the basement of Coxe Hall on Pulteney Street. Students, faculty and staff will watch the election returns. Free munchies and soda, as well as regular menu items, will be available. There are plenty of TV screens in the Cellar Pub and the group plans to watch the network news coverage, and of course the Daily Show and Colbert Report’s “Midterm Midtacular” at 11 p.m.
Maltiz is urging students to attend. “The hope I have for these events is that they will allow students to exercise civic engagement, and have a stake in the future of our great nation.”
HWS Votes! is a non-partisan group of student leaders devoted to the continuous voter registration and education of Hobart and William Smith Colleges students, as well as the Geneva community. The group aims to instill a sense of civic duty among students through active participation in the democratic process. The goal is to work with other politically oriented groups on campus to maximize student participation and understanding of the electoral process. HWS Votes! is run through the HWS Public Service Office, with the assistance of director Ave Bauder.
The community is invited to both events. For more details, call the Public Service Office at (315) 781-3825.