10/30/2008

Voter Drive Nets 630 New Registrations

When the registration numbers were tallied, F&M Votes Coalition had added 630 new voters to Lancaster County rolls since the term began.

The coalition has signed up more than 300 new voters since the presidential candidates came here in early September.

“Now we have to get out the vote on Election Day,” said Lisa Stillwell, F&M Votes co-chair and deputy librarian in the Shadek-Fackenthal Library.

Stillwell said F&M Votes is trying to get the word out to student voters that they must bring their F&M ID card with them to vote.

The Lancaster County Office of Voter Registration has asked students voting on Nov. 4 to show their student ID as identification, not their driver’s license. Presenting a driver’s license as identification could cause your vote not to be counted, Stillwell said.

F&M Votes, a program of the Center for Liberal Arts & Society, is a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty and staff engaged in voter registration, education and motivation activities.

“We’ll be working nonstop until the election is over,” Stillwell said.

Two more pre-election events are planned, including an Election Eve Faculty Forum in Stahr Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 3 at 4:30 p.m. On Election Day, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., F&M Votes will host an Election Day Headquarters at the Atrium in the Steinman College Center.

In late September representatives of the group spoke in more than 70 classes on campus, offering students another chance to register before the Oct. 6 deadline.

Earlier this year, F&M Votes invited Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), John McCain (R-Az.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to campus. Chelsea Clinton made a campaign stop at F&M on her mother’s behalf in April. In early September, Obama held a campaign rally in Buchanan Park, adjacent to the College. A few days later, his opponent McCain held a rally inside the Alumni Sports and Fitness Center.

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