Wednesday, September 26, 2012

UIS sponsors Voter Registration Day

The University of Illinois Springfield was one of hundreds of locations across the country to host voter-registration drives Tuesday.

The campaign, dubbed National Voter Registration Day, was an effort to remind people to take the necessary steps to be eligible to vote this year.

The groups behind the event say 6 million Americans who could have voted in 2008 didn’t do so because they didn’t know how to register or because they missed the registration deadline.

Mark Dochterman, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, said members of different student organizations, both Republicans and Democrats, worked together to organize the drive, which took place on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.

David Gill, the Democratic candidate for Congress from the 13th District, spoke at the event. Rodney Davis, the Republican hopeful, was unable to attend.

The registration drive was featured by the State Journal-Register on September 26, 2012.

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