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President Corrigan's message to students

SFSU: A leader in voter registration

Class, lecture series on presidential election

Vote 2004

October 19, 2004

Dear SFSU Student:

At San Francisco State, one of our chief goals is to graduate students who want to -- and know how to -- make a difference in society. We're tremendously proud of what you're doing -- getting involved through classes or on your own in a great range of community issues. You've proved that you can have a real impact.

Now is the time to make your mark in a different arena: the upcoming elections.

I am writing to ask for your vote. Not for a particular candidate, party, or ballot measure -- just your vote at the polls on November 2. Your issues are at stake: Education, the environment, student financial aid, taxes, child care, affordable housing, health care services -- all these will be shaped by the results of elections from the Presidency to the most local level. Does your vote matter? Consider this: In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected by the equivalent of one vote per precinct. Only 5 electoral votes (out of 537) were sufficient to carry the 2000 Presidential election. In addition, several recent State and City ballot measures have been near dead-heats.

Consider also your collective power. Eighteen to 29-year-old eligible voters total 40.6 million -- one in five voters! You can make a powerful difference, and I urge you to do so.

Recently, a Harvard University study identified San Francisco State as a national leader in voter registration efforts and student voter turnout. Let's keep up our winning record! Our VOTE 2004 Web site offers you everything you'll need to be an informed voter: information about on-campus candidate forums and other election-related events, as well as voter education guides and links to candidates, ballot initiatives and more. As Election Day nears, I hope you will take full advantage of it, so that you will be well prepared to cast your all-important vote.

-- Robert A. Corrigan, president



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