Williamsburg VA — More college students will be lining up to vote this November thanks to the efforts of students at the College of William and Mary. Campus groups, including the Student Assembly, Young Democrats and College Republicans collaborated on a joint effort to turn college students into registered voters this election year.
These campus groups set up registration tables at visible places around campus to reach out to the student body. In passing, many students would stop at the table to register to vote before continuing on to their classes and other activities.
“Students are busy, especially here at the [College], and this year is no different,” one group leader said. “But the process of actually registering to vote takes about one minute. The difficulty is not in the registration, [it’s] more that students don’t know where to go or what to do or, in most cases, just don’t think about it until the deadline is passed.”
Tables could be found in the Commons Dining Hall, the Sadler Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library and at various campus events. Many groups also posted flyers and distributed emails to inform students of the registration deadline.
The effort turned out to be a huge success, with an estimated 450 students registering as new voters this semester.