LI universities joined forces in efforts to turn out student vote
Adelphi, Stony Brook, and Hofstra are three universities on Long Island that have launched campaigns to encourage college students to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.
Kathleen Watchorn, coordinator for Adelphi Votes, says she has worked to register over 200 students for this election who might not have had the opportunity to register while they were in high school.
“Many of them are first time voters,” Watchorn said. “We are mandated federally to provide a resource for them to register.”
In September, Adelphi Votes also hosted a “registration rush” three times a week and partnered with the League of Conservation Voters and the League of Women voters to speak with students on issues that are important to them.
At Stony Brook, efforts are underway to match their historic turnout they had with student voters in the 2016 presidential election.
Steven Aldeson, co director for the Center for Civic Justice, says 86 percent of Stony Brook students participated in the 2016 election that were registered to vote on campus. He is confident the students will turn out in similar numbers for the midterms.
“Since the launch of the center, the midterm election is definitely our greatest challenge,” Aldeson said. “But we’re excited because we really are confident that our students are positioned to be able to engage in this election if they chose to do so.”
Stony Brook’s Center for Civic Justice is also planning a march to the polls as part of their “vote together” initiative on November 6.