Official Press Release

Rock the Vote kicks off Sept. 10 at SUNY Oswego

In an effort to encourage student involvement in the upcoming presidential election, the SUNY Oswego Civic Engagement Coalition has coordinated its first comprehensive Rock the Vote campaign, starting Sept. 10 with Constitution Week.

Partnering with other organizations on campus such as the Student Association, SAPB, Residence Life and Housing, ALANA Student Leadership Conference, Political Science Club and SUNY Oswego’s media outlets, Rock the Vote has organized a range of events this fall to help educate students on the issues and how, where and when to vote, and has provided many opportunities for students to volunteer in the civic engagement process.

All events are open to local residents to enjoy.

The campaign will kick off Constitution Week on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium with a talk on campaign finance provided by political science professor Bruce Altschuler, followed by instruction on the process to register to vote, either locally or via absentee ballot. Altschuler is frequently sought out by the media, at home and abroad, as an expert on U.S. presidential campaigns.

Tuesday and Wednesday that week in Room 106 of Lanigan at 6 p.m., Rock the Vote will hold a film discussion series covering topics on education, the economy, heath care and pro-life/pro-choice with views from both sides of the political aisle presented.

Students representing the Democratic, Republican, Green and Libertarian parties will debate the issues facing the country on Thursday, Sept. 13. That will take place at 8 p.m. in front of a live audience in the Campus Center auditorium.

The week will wind down Saturday with Residence Life’s Laker Fest at Onondaga Circle at 1 p.m. and SAPB’s concert with 3LAU on the Campus Center south lawn at 9 p.m.

At each event, students will be provided with the tools and information to register to vote.

 

(Here’s the link for the original page: http://www.oswego.edu/news/index.php/site/news_story/voting_campaign)

Update: Civic Engagement Coalition Meeting

This morning the Civic Engagement Coalition met to discuss our Rock the Vote campaign. Though it was our first meeting of the semester, we were able to come up with more ideas for events, groups and individuals to collaborate with, and discussed ways to attract people to our events. This will be the first of many great meetings that C.E.C will have throughout the academic year. Our event calender will be updated will more dates soon, so make sure you stay up to date with where we’ll be!

Important Voting Information

As per the Oswego County Board of Elections Office:

Absentee Ballots are only available for those already registered in another county or state. They must be handed into your Residence Hall, Civic Engagement Office (Compass), The Elections Office (185 East Seneca St.), or at one of the Rock the Vote events by October 30th. After handing in the application, you will receive a ballot in the mail. This ballot needs to be postmarked by November 5th.

For new registrants (those who have not previously been registered to vote anywhere) – Registrations are due to the Oswego Count Board of Elections by October 12th.  These too can be handed into your Residence Hall, Civic Engagement Office (Compass), The Elections Office (185 East Seneca St.), or at one of the Rock the Vote events and will be delivered prior to that date.

For those who have registered previously, but have changed address (On campus address or otherwise) – Registrations must be postmarked by October 12th are due to the board of elections by October 17th. Again, they can be handed into your Residence Hall, Civic Engagement Office (Compass), The Elections Office (185 East Seneca St.), or at one of the Rock the Vote events and will be delivered prior to that date.

For Students living in Mackin Complex (Lonis or Mooreland Halls) – You will not be voting on the SUNY Oswego Campus, you will be voting at St. Josephs Catholic Church located at 240 West 1st Street.

For Off-Campus Students and Residents of Oswego County – Once you have registered use this link to look up where you’re voting. https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx

If you have any questions feel free to call the Civic Engagement Office at 312-5745, or stop by at Campus Center 145 (The Compass) between the hours of 11am and 4pm Monday through Thursday.

Welcome:

This is SUNY Oswego’s Civic Engagement Blog. We will use this to update you at length on the events we are putting together, how they’re going, and what we have planed for the future. This will also allow us to post news stories about the issues in the campaign, live blog from our events, post links to videos, and have guests write and send updates.