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Voting on Campus

November 12, 2018

Voting at your college campus is not nearly as difficult as you may think. For those who have never voted before, or do not know where to start, your college will most likely be able to assist you. For most of us, we attend college at a different location than where we grew up. These people who have new addresses, regardless if they have already registered, will have to complete a new voter registration form to update their new address. For those who have not yet registered to vote or do not know where to start, colleges will often provide a variety of resources and information to encourage their students to participate in elections.

At Florida State University, for example, before elections, volunteers will be stationed around main parts of the campus asking people if they are registered to vote and if they have completed a new voter registration form to match their new address. These volunteers also carry registration forms and can help you register on the spot. These forms will require you to fill out information such as your political party affiliation, race, date of birth, and your driver's license and or the last four digits of your social security number. FSU also has multiple pages on their website which can be easily accessed that can help and direct you to register and vote. Lastly, FSU sends out emails to its students about when and where you can vote on campus. Often colleges will have voting spots especially for their students to vote.

At FSU, the general election for 2018 took place at the Tucker Center, which is where events like concerts and basketball games usually take place and is about a 10 minute walk from my on-campus dorm. With that being said, it is important to keep in mind that every vote matters and affects every aspect of our lives from schools to health care to homeland security and your very future, so go vote!