EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSTUDENTS REGISTER
from Eyewitness News Online
Marshall Students Rally Support For Classmates To Register
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 9, 2012 5:14 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 10, 2012 8:04 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A group on Marshall University's campus is rallying students to rock the vote this year.
"I've always been really interested in politics,” student Anyssa Murphy said. “I think it's something that obviously affects us intensely."
Murphy just turned 18 last month. When she found out she could register in between classes right here on Marshall's campus, she didn't have any excuse not to take action. "I complain about stuff when I think it's wrong, so why not try to fix it?" Murphy said.
Student John Paull said he is still on the fence about who he will vote for in some of the races, but he knows registering is the first step. "I realized that I wasn't registered because I procrastinated when I was younger and I figured that I needed to do that because I really want to vote in this election," Paull said.
Statistics show the vast majority of college students who register actually go to the ballot box. In the last presidential election, 87 percent of the students ages 18-24 who registered to vote actually did.
That's why this group, VOX: Students for Choice, is using this bi-partisan registration drive to rally voters. Volunteer Grant Edward Jacobs said the young vote made a big difference in the last presidential election in 2008. "Either way, this year it's going to be just as important if not more important that youth are able to come out and vote," Jacobs said.
Members of the group are not just registering voters; they also are asking them to pledge to actually vote come November. They will send out reminder postcards a couple days before to let students know where to go.
Jacobs said it is very important for students to commit to voting. "It's not good enough just to register and say you want your voice to be heard. You have to get out and make it heard," Jacobs said.
The last day to register to vote in West Virginia is Oct. 16.
MORE NEWS FROM EYEWITNESS NEWS
2012 NEWS: JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC
Home | Eyewitness News Newsroom | Storm Team Weather | Eyewitness Sports | Schedules
Send email to email@example.com for information or comments concerning WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.
Copyright ©2013, WCHS-TV8. Portions are
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.