A ‘Challenging’ Voter Registration

Voting is Americans’ collective opportunity to express themselves individually and as a community.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 25, 2018) — Midterm elections are fast approaching, so what better way to prepare then by registering to vote?

The UAlbany Votes team and the Center for Leadership and Service will kick off its second annual voter registration drive today, National Voter Registration Day. It’s the beginning of a campaign that continues through Oct. 12, the last day to register to vote in the midterm elections.

The UAlbany Votes Committee is a collaboration between various offices, student leaders and organizations on campus. Its aim is voter registration, education, and engagement. The committee recently recruited students to serve as UAlbany Votes Ambassadors.

The registration drive will also begin a friendly competition, “The Voter Registration Challenge.” The Center for Leadership and Service along with UAlbany Votes will be challenging departments, residence halls and student organizations to get the most voters registered through TurboVote.

The Center is partnering with TurboVote to make voter registration easier for the UAlbany community. TurboVote is an online platform that allows you to register online, change your address, request an absentee ballot, and receive reminders about upcoming elections. Even if you’re already registered, you can still make use of TurboVote.

Through TurboVote, the Center is able to determine challenge champions by tracking how many registrants are signing up through specific URL links tied to departments, residence halls or student organizations. The champions this year will win the Voter Registration Trophy, bragging rights until the next campaign, and be featured on the Center’s website and social media.

UAlbany Votes will also be providing civic engagement presentations in classrooms and other group settings covering the importance of voting and registering to vote, TurboVote, Ballot Ready, when to register, and the issues in the midterm elections. The workshop will be presented by a UAlbany Votes Ambassador.

Voting is Americans’ collective opportunity to express themselves individually and as a community. Now's a good time to make sure you’re registered and to help your friends and family learn more about the process.

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