Wednesday, September 26, 2012

UIS students sponsor voter registration drive

With just 41 days to the November election, there's a big push to help get out the vote.

Tuesday was the first-ever National Voter Registration Day, and students at the University of Illinois Springfield encouraged fellow students to get involved.

Several student organizations at UIS sponsored a voter registration drive at the Public Affairs Center on Sept. 25. Just in the first hour, more than 50 people registered to vote. In 2008, six million Americans didn't vote because they missed the registration deadline or didn't know how register.

The event also taught people about election issues and the importance of voting.

ABC Newschannel 20's Liz Foster talked with UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center Director Mark Dochterman about the goals of the event in a September 25, 2012 report.

Watch the story online