“Are you registered to vote?” “Do you want to vote in this year’s elections?” Those questions were repeated over to and over to passersby during a voter registration drive on campus Monday, February 22. Registration tables were set up in three buildings and staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., giving students and members of the campus community plenty of time to stop by and register to vote.
Student Tess Eller registered to vote in the Gordon Student Center. She’s a Human Services major and 2010 graduate of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown. “I think it’s important to be part of choosing the next President, especially for younger people,” she said. “It’s our future. As you get older you realize how important it is to be a part of everything.”
A similar scene was repeated in the Atrium of the Whitney Applied Technology Center where students also signed up. Thaddeus Sitnik is an Adolesence Education major who graduated from Central Square in 2015. He felt a duty to register. “I want to be a productive member of society. If there are people out there risking their lives it’s important I do my part as a United States citizen, register and be aware of what is going on in the world.”
More than 200 students joined Eller and Sitnik as new registered voters. The event was sponsored and coordinated by the Syracuse Metro League of Women Voters and OCC’s Politics Club. If you are interested in registering to vote you can learn more at the Onondaga County Board of Elections’ website.