More than 500 young voters register as part of BU’s orientation weekend

Date:  September 18, 2006


BLOOMSBURG—A total of 532 incoming students registered to vote during freshmen orientation weekend at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, an encouraging number for campus organizers of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Voter Registration Project. 

The goal of the non-partisan project is to register 40,000 young voters nationwide before the Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to Jean Downing, director of SOLVE, BU’s volunteer office. 

The minimum registration goal for Bloomsburg University is 5 percent of the student body, or approximately 400 students. Faculty, staff and students involved in the Voter Registration Project hope to register 800 students, or 10 percent of the student body, in coming weeks.

“What we’re trying to promote is a campus community, to show we’re a university that votes,” Downing said.  “We focus on voter registration because we have a commitment to let students begin their college years as voters.”

Campus organizers are using a variety of techniques to encourage students to register. In addition to the “Your Vote is Your Voice” presentation to new freshmen, approximately 50 faculty members have volunteered to talk to their students about the importance of voting and provide them with registration materials. Student leaders will also engage in peer-led discussions about voting. Students can register to vote in the SOLVE office, Warren Student Services Center.

For information, call Downing at (570) 389-4798.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.