Ready to Vote of Nah? Experts say college-aged voters make a difference

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     On Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, elections will be held for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senators, and governors, including Louisiana. Elected officials are responsible for laws and policy concerning student financial aid and loans, government grants, and even whom you can marry. Consequently, political experts say it’s important that college students are registered to vote—and show up on Election Day.

     One obstacle college students face is registration deadlines, according to Dee Shedrick, Louisiana outreach coordinator for the Campus Election Engagement Project, a non-partisan national project to help students register on time. Shedrick said the 2010 U.S. Census showed only 34 percent of 18 to 20 year olds are registered to vote, and in 2008, 21 percent of people ages 18-29 said the reason they weren’t registered to vote was because they missed the registration deadline.n Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, elections will be held for all members of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senators, and governors, including Louisiana. Elected officials are responsible for laws and policy concerning student financial aid and loans, government grants, and even whom you can marry. Consequently, political experts say it’s important that college students are registered to vote—and show up on Election Day.

The following information should help Xavier students get registered or file absentee ballots in states where they are registered.

What’s needed to register?

  • A student can be 17 to register but must be 18 on Election Day.
  • Proof of your age (driver’s license, birth certificate or government issued ID)
  • Proof of residency. Xavier students who live on campus can use the university’s address as proof of residency and will be able to vote on campus Nov. 4.
  • Students who live off campus can use a utility or other bill containing the address.
  • Proof of identity (Social Security number).
  • Students who want to register in their home city/state, can do so by going to the state’s voter registration website, generally listed under the secretary of state.
  • Once registered, you should receive a voter registration card in the mail in 1-2 weeks.
  • Students registered elsewhere can file an absentee ballot. Exact information is available on state websites.

Election Day, Nov. 4

Xavier University is a registered polling location and on-campus residents can vote in the UC lobby. To make your process stress-free, bring a photo ID that has your name and signature. Poll workers will locate your name on a registered voter roster. If your name is not on the roster but should be, ask for help from the site director.

For more information on campus registration, visit www.campusvoteproject.org/studentguides or call Shedrick at (504) 357-6033.

Mark the Event

Voter Registration Awareness at Xavier

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, and Xavier is hosting a panel discussion on “Miranda Rights: Does It Serve the Guilty or the Innocent?” at 6:30 p.m. in the Qata Pavilion, Room 112A.

The panel includes Dr. Willie Gin, political science; Dr. Elliott Hammer, psychology; and Father Phillip Linden, theology.

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