As students of SUNY Oswego, as well as citizens of this great nation, it is our job to learn and educate others about the issues within our country. Our slogan, “Get informed. Be Active. Stay Involved,” is what we will try to spread around our campus. What Civic Engagement will do is provide students with educational events put together by us or by any other campus organization to help bring the issues that matter to the forefront. We also want students to be involved with the educational process so that there is a level of understanding within our community that these issues do matter, to everyone. We want to touch on Women’s rights, Gay rights, Civil rights, Student’s rights, issues on campus and in our community, and work together to see what kind of solutions we can come up with. Just because the election is over doesn’t mean we’re waiting until the next election. This is the time for our elected officials to know what issues and problems we have that we want corrected.
Tomorrow we will be starting to put together these events that will be going on next semester. We have big plans and hope to touch on all of the issues listed above and continue to expand on what we’ve done this year. If you have any ideas, are in an organizations, or just want to be involved do not hesitate to email us at Civic@Oswego.edu or to stop by the Compass and chat. If we learned anything from last semester it’s that collaboration can make a huge difference.
With your support, Rock the Vote ran a national effort that registered nearly one million voters, fought to protect the right to vote of young people, and then asked millions to turn out on Election Day.
We started the latest trend: young people voting. But we also proved that the collective “we” is the most powerful force – in our democracy, in our country, and in the world; and that’s the story that will be written in history books.
Young people once again increased their share of the electorate and played a major role in the presidential election. According to national exit polls, the share of votes cast by those under 30 increased from 18% in 2008 to 19% in 2012, and those voters favored the President by a margin of 60% to 36%. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) released an exclusive turnout estimate yesterday showing that 22-23 million young Americans (ages 18-29) voted in yesterday’s presidential election – that’s at least 49% – maintaining the youth turnout levels of 2004 and 2008 and creating a new normal for participation as the Millennial generation enters the electorate.
CIRCLE also reports that “at least 80 electoral votes depended on the youth vote,” citing that voters under the age of 30 were the deciding factor for President Obama’s victories in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The impact of this large and diverse generation of young people within the electorate is now undeniable. And it just proves that any campaign that ignores young voters does so at its own peril.
We would like to thank all the organizations that made all of our events possible this semester from ALANA, to Student Association, and everyone in between. Last night was the true meaning of collaboration on the SUNY Oswego campus. It was unbelievable to see students engaged and involved with the political process and the celebration of it.
However, the most amazing part to us was what the Oswego County Board of Elections made us aware of: the most students ever were on their voter list. We’re very proud of what our campus has achieved and look to continue to move forward with what Civic Engagement is and how we can get the entire campus and its organizations to collaborate in involving the student body at SUNY Oswego.
There are a ton of people here for our election party and we are just getting started. Games and trivia are coming up in a little while, the pizza is going quick, and the giveaways are ready to be, well, given away. If you want to come down and celebrate democracy with us please don’t hesitate.
A number of students are putting together donations to bring down to Long Island’s north coast to help with the relief efforts. If you would like to donate any food, clothing, or batteries it would be a huge help. There are donation boxes in both the Glimmerglass and Cooper fitness centers.
Today we’re tabling in the Campus Center to promote our Election Night Celebration of Democracy. We’ll have food, drinks, prizes, giveaways, and a place to hang out with your peers and watch the poll numbers come in!