FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2013
Contact: Tom Kramer
Phone: (804) 381–9570
Virginia21 brings new tech to College Voter Registration
13 Campus Effort Launches on National Voter Registration Day. #VaVotes
RICHMOND–Today, on National Voter Registration Day, Virginia21 will be launching an online voter registration drive using new technology to drive more young people to the polls.
“It seems like every student has either a smart phone or a tablet. Every student does, in fact, have access to email and a computer. Now every student can use technology to register and be reminded to vote,” said Tom Kramer, VA21’s Executive Director.
Beginning today, VA21 partners, which include VA21 chapters at the public colleges, student government associations, campus clubs, and students all over the Commonwealth, will begin registering students to use a new online voter registration and election day reminder tool called TurboVote to make sure they show up at the ballot box. They will be tweeting, e-mailing, scouring campuses with smart phones and tablets all with one objective – turning out young voters.
When speaking about this effort, Virginia21’s elected Student Leadership Committee Chair, Keenan Kelly (W&M 2014), strongly stated that, “If students don’t register to vote and cast a ballot in every election, then the power we have to impact policies in our local communities, the Commonwealth, and the country will be gone. We need to talk about issues that affect young people–jobs, student debt, healthcare, and our national debt–and we need to act by going to the polls. At W&M, we registered enough voters to help a student get elected to the city council in Williamsburg. TurboVote is going to make that easier and help us get even more people registered and to the polls.”
Virginia 2013 Gubernatorial Candidate Statements:
“It’s great to see a concerted effort from Virginia21 and universities across the Commonwealth to get the younger generation registered to vote. Encouraging new voters and college students to be engaged in the political process and policy discussion is vitally important. Virginia and our country face a number of challenges in the short and long term and it’s important that all generations are fully represented in the public policy discussion. I hope younger voters will take time to study my higher education and other policy proposals by visiting Cuccinelli.com.” – Ken Cuccinelli
“This election is critical in ensuring that young Virginians and citizens across the Commonwealth have access to quality education, good jobs, and opportunities to keep our economy moving forward. As governor, I will work to keep college affordable for Virginia’s students and will strengthen our community colleges so the next generation of leaders in Virginia have the skills they need to get innovative jobs and pursue successful careers. Our Commonwealth is stronger when all of its citizens exercise their right to vote on election day, which is why it is so important for young Virginians to register and vote on November 5th.” – Terry McAuliffe
For more information on TurboVote, visit: http://www.turbovote.org
Established in 2002, Virginia21 is a non-partisan action-tank that involves young people from all across the Commonwealth in the political process by providing information, directing advocacy, and coordinating political action on an issue agenda that includes promoting high-quality affordable higher education, job opportunities for graduates, and a government that works.
Virginia21 has engaged over 75,000 young people from all 140 legislative districts making it the most effective non-partisan advocate for young voters in the Commonwealth.