Written By: LaMarcus Wilkerson
It’s election time again, and a few organizations on campus are aiming to encourage college students to vote in the 2014 midterm election.
Nationally, Rock the Vote, a large nonprofit and nonpartisan organization, launched a campaign strictly for that purpose.
The “Care Like Crazy” campaign uses numerous ads to inspire young people to hit the polls and vote. These advertisements appear on media networks such as Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Comedy Central and Pandora.
The Young Democrats and College Republicans of VSU are working locally to obtain votes for the upcoming election.
“Students need to approach this election with their futures in mind,” Teresa Lawrence, president of the Young Democrats, said. “Do a little research on topics that are important to you and see which candidates have the same views as you do.
“The most important thing to do is to make sure that you know who and what you are voting for at the polls,” Lawrence said.
The Young Democrats held a rally on Oct. 9 in support of Jason Carter, gubernatorial candidate and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter. The event featured former First Lady Rosalynn Carter as the guest speaker.
“It was an honor to have Ms. Rosalynn Carter come and speak to us,” Lawrence said. “She talked about her love of campaigning and how we all need to exercise our right to vote.
“Many people fought long and hard for this right to be available to all. Please make sure you get to the polls and make your voice heard,” Lawrence said.
The College Republicans have also been trying to encourage people to exercise their right to vote.
According to the chairman of the College Republicans, Chris Allen, the group has been active every weekend.
“Every weekend in October, we’ve been going to locations around the state with the other chapters of the Georgia Association of College Republicans to phone bank and go door-to-door for various local candidates along with Governor Deal and the Republican nominee for US Senate, David Perdue,” Allen said.
The College Republicans just returned from Augusta where they were assisting the Republican Congress nominee for the 12th district, Rick Allen.
The College Republicans will host Georgia’s attorney general, Sam Olens, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m in the Student Union Theater.