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Campus pulls together to get out the vote

September 11, 2003

Although voter participation among SFSU students is higher than the national average, faculty, staff and student groups are working to increase the percentage of students who cast votes -- especially with several important decisions looming, including the California governor's recall election in October, the San Francisco mayoral election in November, and the presidential primary in March.

The voter registration effort is being led by the SFSU chapter of the California Faculty Association and by Associated Students Inc., with support from the California State Employees Association.

"We are a campus with an activist history and identity -- the kind of campus where it is reasonable to set an ambitious goal for this campaign: that every SFSU student who is eligible to vote be registered and then go out and vote in the local, state, and national elections that lie ahead," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "We have done very well in the past -- nearly two out of three SFSU students who were eligible to vote cast ballots in the November 2002 election, far above the 39 percent national figure. We can do even better, and I believe that we will."

Toward that end, faculty, staff and students are registering voters at tables throughout campus weekdays through Monday, Sept. 22 (the last day to register for the October election), and trained student registrars are being invited by faculty members to attend classes and help students fill out voter registration forms.

For more on SFSU's voter registration efforts and how you can help, visit the Vote 2003-04 Web site.

-- Public Affairs








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