A major initiative of “PARTICIPATE
2010” is to encourage students to register to vote.
Non-partisan voter registration drives will be scheduled on campus
and voter registration information will be made widely available to
the entire campus community to encourage increased participation in
the political process.
Campus voter registration and awareness campaigns are making a
significant difference in the political process. Since 2000,
voter turnout among college-educated youth has increased by 12% and
non-college youth turnout jumped by 9%. In 2008, the turnout rate
of college-educated 18 to 29 year-olds was 62%, a significant 26%
higher than the rate of non-college youth, according to the Center
for Information and Research on Civic Learning and
Engagement. It is critical that students from St. John’s
University be informed and engaged in the political process and
that starts with Registering and Voting!
The St. John’s University College Democrats and St. John’s
University College Republicans will sponsor and post interesting
student-driven events as well as academic lectures, guest speakers
and University-sponsored programs will be linked on this web page
www.stjohns.edu/participate to give
their peers and young voters’ opportunities to learn more about
candidates and major issues in advance of the 2010 Election.
The “PARTICIPATE 2010” web page
will contain timely news articles about the Democratic and
Republican campaigns, observations from both parties as well as
relevant web links, blogs and message boards.