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FairVote, Chesapeake College team upon student voting

Friday, September 12, 2008

WYE MILLS – FairVote, a nonpartisan voting rights organization, is teaming up with Chesapeake College in an effort to increase voting participation among 18-to-24-year-old voters.

FairVote will be presenting Learning Democracy: A Student´s Guide to Voting twice at Chesapeake College´s Wye Mills campus and once at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center on Wednesday, September 17th. The Wye Mills presentations – at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – will take place in the Cadby Theater (H-117) of the Kent Humanities Building, while the Cambridge presentation will take place in Room 101 at 4:30 p.m.

While the target audience is 18-to-24-year-old voters, all members of the public are invited to all presentations.

"We would welcome members of the general public," said Dr. Richard Midcap, Chesapeake´s vice president for student success. "This is a very informative presentation on the history of voting rights in America, the mechanics of the voting process, and the reasons voting is important."

The FairVote project only recently expanded to two- and four-year colleges and universities after starting as a project delivered at high schools.

"The main reason we thought it would be appropriate (to branch out) is to have as many first-time voters as possible participate in this project and hear the presentation," said Adam Fogel, right-to-vote director for the Tacoma Park, Maryland-based organization. "We want to ensure that first-time voters understand the mechanics of participation and also the importance of voting."

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