The University of Dayton College Democrats, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Delta Sigma Theta sorority and Organizing for America held a voter promotion event Wednesday, Sept. 12, at ArtStreet.
According to the event’s Facebook page, “Gotta Vote Campus Kickoff” urges students to learn the importance of the youth vote in the upcoming presidential election and gain valuable information about voting and early voting in Ohio.
Melissa Hughes, a sophomore communication major and UD Democrats member, said the kickoff will include free food, live music, tables to create a “white sheet” banner for houses in the student neighborhood and free ice cream.
Senior political science major Wendy Onofre said the primary reason for the event is to give the student body more information about voting outside of a person’s home state.
“If your home address is out of state, you can use your UD campus address on the registration form and automatically be registered as an Ohio voter,” Onofre said.
Sophomore marketing major and UD Democrat member Dan Pfister said the primary focus of the event is to bring the energy from the DNC back to campus. In addition, Pfister said he and the UD Democrats are expecting a turnout anywhere from 50 to 100 people.
“Young Americans helped select the president in 2008,” he said. “It’s our duty to go out and vote. It’s our right as Americans to go out and make a difference.”