BU To Hold Vote Drive

For Immediate Release

November 3, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania students are voting to make a change, starting with the vote drive on Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Kehr Union Ballroom. The event, which begins at 8:35 a.m., is open to the public free of charge.

The “Take Action Vote Drive” is sponsored by Democracy Matters, a student organization devoted to fair elections and finance reform, and the American Democracy Project, a group that works closely with Democracy Matters to encourage students to vote and become involved in their communities.

The drive will highlight the importance of voting in local, state and national elections and will include faculty presentations, student-led discussions, music and free food. The music will be presented by the student band, Rising Descent, and the student discussions will focus on Democracy Matters and the importance of voting.

John Latini, president of Democracy Matters, will kick off the event at 8:35 a.m. with an introduction to the organization. At 9:45 a.m. BU President Jessica Kozloff will speak on “The Importance of Voting.” Topics that will be discussed by faculty members include: “Free Speech and the 18-Year-Old Voting Movement,” “Voter Encouragement or Voter Suppression?” “The Realities of African American Voting,” “The Struggle for Women’s Right to Vote” and “Advertising, Propaganda and Voting.”

Displays will be set up to teach those attending about voting and its importance. The “Take Action Vote Drive” will conclude around 3 p.m. after the final student discussion.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.