So the last few days have been filled with updates, planning, meetings, footwork, and emails. But, with election day just 5 days away, we will soon be able see the fruit of all our hard work. Our final numbers were just over 1,300 registration and absentee ballot applications, which means the Board of Elections had their hands full. We want to thank them for putting up with all our questions and helping us out a great deal throughout this process. After the polls close, we will be in the Campus Center Food Court celebrating democracy from 8pm to midnight, maybe later. As a non-partisan political organization, it is important sometimes to look past the politics of the election and remember how great it is that we have the opportunity to have people represent our views. We’ve had great support from other organizations on campus and together we’re looking to make this a really big, fun event for the campus.
One last note, we’re trying to grow Civic Engagement on our campus to being more than just words on a page, meetings, and a few select people being heavily involved. With that, I am welcoming anyone who is interested in becoming a contributing writer on this blog to please email us at Civic@oswego.edu. This is a small step forward to getting more students involved with what we do on a regular basis and to show other students that it is important to be engaged politically.
With Election day quickly approaching, it is time for those of you who will be voting next week to look up the issues and decide who you will be voting for, and we’re here to help. Our “Links on the Issues” page will show you a number of different websites that can help break down the issues and where the candidates stand on them.
If you have any questions about the Election or where to vote, email us at Civic@oswego.edu
Today will be the last day for submitting an Absentee Ballot Application in New York State. If you need to fill one out, please come down to the Compass in the Campus Center to do so. We will be bringing them in after 4pm so make sure you fill it out before then.
Francisco Perez (seen in the picture below) and Civic Engagement are hanging out in the Campus Center Concourse area at SUNY Oswego representing Rock the Vote. We have election information, registration forms, absentee ballot applications, and best of all…FREE STUFF. Come down, hang out, talk politics, and be engaged.
Rock the Vote is hanging out at the ALANA Fall Fashion Show in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The rain hasn’t stopped this crowd from coming out and supporting their peers and in return they have welcomed us with open arms and will be modeling off our Rock the Vote shirts during their show! If you’re on campus and have any questions stop by and we’ll be sure to help you out and while you’re here check out the show.
We just updated our events page and added another weeks worth of Rock the Vote dates starting this coming Monday, September 24th! If you’d like to volunteer for any of the upcoming events email Civic@oswego.edu subject VOLUNTEER.
We’re here hanging out at Open Mic night at Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe brought to you by Life Styles Oswego. We have registration forms, absentee ballot applications, and information on the candidates. Come down and listen to some good tunes, eat some popcorn, and be engaged!
A huge part of what we’re doing this year at the Civic Engagement Office deals with educating people on how the voting process works from deadlines, to the correct forms to fill out, to where they will be voting on election day. We’ve found a number of websites that taught us a lot about the process and we’re hoping they can help you, too. One website in particular that we liked was www.866outvote.org. They have created a helpful smartphone application that will allow you to:
• Verify your registration; • Register to vote; • Look up your polling place; • Review key voting rules and regulations in New York; and • See what type of machine you’ll be voting on.