University Building on Excitement of the Election to Drive Student Voting

The University’s Macon campus is ramping up efforts to encourage Mercer students to vote in the historic Nov. 4 election.

The drive kicked off at the beginning of the year, when new students were given the opportunity to register to vote during student check-in. In addition, the student groups Mercer Democrats and College Republicans are manning tables regularly at the Connell Student Center to encourage students to register and to vote.

“We want our students not only to be registered, but to be intelligent voters,” said Douglas Pearson, Ph.D., dean of students. “In addition to the voter registration drive, we are working equally as hard to make students aware of many of the issues surrounding this election. Not only are there historic implications surrounding this election, the candidates offer two very different roads for the future of this country. If not now for college students in this country, when?”

On Sept. 24, Project Vote Smart brought its mobile voter education bus to campus, to campus to help educate students about the voting process and ways to avoid the “spin” often associated with elections. The NAACP also had a booth available for students to register to vote.

There will also be a mock election on Oct. 28, sponsored by Student Government Association, which will poll students before the general election about their choice for president.

The political science department is hosting screenings of each presidential and vice presidential debate. For the finale, it will also host a screening of election results from 8 to 11 p.m. on election day, Nov. 4, in room 251 in Stetson Hall.

Debate Watch Events:

Vice Presidential Debate
9-11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2

Presidential Debate No. 2
9-11 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7,
Medical School Auditorium

Presidential Debate No. 3
9-11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15,
Connell Student Center

The Debate Watch events are co-sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, College Republicans, Mercer Democrats, SAPPA and students of Political Science 336 Campaigns and Elections.

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