WMU News

WSA organizes voter-registration drive

Sept. 21, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's student governing body has mounted a drive to register more than 1,000 new Michigan voters by Oct. 4, the last day to register to vote in the November general election.

The Western Student Association will begin the drive with a door-to-door registration effort from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, then make registering even easier by bringing the Michigan Secretary of State Mobile Branch Office to campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27.

The mobile branch office, a full-service Secretary of State office, will set up shop by the Promenade Plaza between the Lee Honors College and Wood Hall. It will give those who stop by the opportunity to register as well as take care of such business as changing their driver licenses or purchasing license plates.

WSA President Eric Zehnpfennig says WSA has invited politically active student groups and local politicians, regardless of whether or not they're running for office, to hand out literature and talk with students during the hours the mobile office is open.

"Because a lot of students are registered already and know the process, we're trying to get the attention of freshmen and older students who haven't registered in the past, " Zehnpfennig says. "Once the Oct. 4 registration deadline passes, we'll be having a lot of activities to get as many students as possible educated about the issues."

For the Sept. 27 event, WMU's student-run radio station, WIDR 89.1 FM, will be broadcasting from the site. In addition, volunteers from St. Thomas Moore Catholic Student Parish will be serving free hot dogs and cola to those who get registered or already are registered.

The handicapper-accessible Secretary of State Mobile Branch Office has traveled more than 100,000 miles since it first hit the road six years ago. It provides all of the services found at any Secretary of State branch office, including selling WMU's specialty license plate, which carries the Bronco symbol.

For more information about WSA's voter registration activities, contact Eric Zehnpfennig at (269) 625-7117 or the WSA executive office at (269) 387-2125. Information about other on-campus voter education and registration activities is available online at <www.wmich.edu/library/vote>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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