Hot on the heels of Cleveland State University again being named one of the “Best Universities for Student Voting” according to Washington Monthly, an on-campus National Voter Registration Day drive will take place on Tuesday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CSU’s Office of Civic Engagement will host voter registration tables as part of a massive cross-country effort to register hundreds of thousands of voters in person and online. Tables will be located at the Student Center 2nd Floor Inner Link; in Berkman Hall on the 1st Floor; and on the outdoor plaza behind the Student Center.
The OCE partnered with Northeast Ohio Advocates, Campus Vote Project, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Alpha Kappa Alpha, CSU Student Government Officers, Cleveland NAACP and the Greater Cleveland League of Women Voters to curate this event.
What is National Voter Registration Day?
The nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day “seeks to increase civic participation by encouraging Americans to register to vote and turn out to vote every single year.” Started in 2012, the day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise one of their most basic rights – the right to vote.
“The OCE provides multiple opportunities throughout the year for CSU students to register to vote and update their voter registrations, but with local elections happening in just a few weeks, National Voter Registration Day is a great place to get started if someone wants to be vote ready for November,” said Anita Ruf-Young, director of the Office of Civic Engagement, housed at Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.
“The last day to register for the November 2 General Election is October 4. There are several important local elections happening in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, including the Cleveland mayoral election, and we want to make sure everyone can connect with nonpartisan organizations to inform themselves on issues that are important to them and the communities where they live.”
Knowledge is Power
As many as 1 in 4 eligible Americans is not registered to vote, and less than 60 percent of potential voters aged 18-24 reported being registered to vote.
At Cleveland State University, Engaged Learning doesn’t end in the classroom. Exercising your right to vote is critical in engaging with your community and with the world at large. Check with your local Board of Elections to make sure that you're registered to vote.
“I’m a Viking and I Want to Vote!”
Awesome! Outside of tomorrow’s events, a few simple keystrokes can help you be #VoteReady. If you’ve recently moved, turned 18, or have changed your name, you may not be, and that’s not the kind of surprise any voter wants when they’re ready to do their civic duty.
Can’t make the event tomorrow? Ohioans can register to vote or update their information. Learn about what forms of identification are acceptable to vote in-person; where your polling location is prior to Election Day; and learn more about voter registration by visiting these three websites: