(September 10, 2012)
Students lead voter registration drive
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary students with the Multicultural Student Association and the Maroon Jackets are holding a voter registration drive September 18-20. The registration drive is open to Centenary students, staff, and faculty as well as residents of the surrounding Shreveport-Bossier community. Senior Jordan Ring is leading the effort to encourage first-time voters.
"As democratic citizens we have a civic responsibility to vote in November," said Ring. "Some may wonder why bother? One vote will make a difference, and it is important to engage in the political process. By surrendering your vote, you diminish the accountability mechanism for those in Washington."
What: Voter Registration Drive
When: September 18-20, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Cafeteria Deck, Bynum Commons; and Randle's, Student Union Building
The registration drive is taking place less than two months ahead of the November 2012 presidential election. Both in-state and out-of-state residents will have the opportunity to register using forms and computers provided at each station on campus.
Once registered, students will get the chance to enter their name in a drawing for a prize. Students who are already registered to vote can print their registration confirmation sheet from their respective home state's Secretary of State website to qualify for the raffle.
The voter registration drive is a part of the Re-Enrollment Office's campaign to "Handle Your Business." This initiative encourages students to take a more active role as engaged citizens in handling administrative tasks such as registering for class, resolving holds, and making financial arrangements. The Re-Enrollment Office supports the Centenary community by actively registering students and encouraging student progress toward a degree.