GENESEO – The unprecedented student voter registration on SUNY Geneseo’s campus has necessitated a new, on-campus polling place.
For the first time ever, Kuhl Gym will cover ‘District 5,’ as a polling place for on-campus students for the November election. Students with the Student Registration Taskforce met monthly with the Livingston County Board of Elections as an ordinary course of business and found that they had registered so many student voters for and since the March 2015 Geneseo village election that Geneseo’s traditional polling places could not handle the influx.
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“Kuhl Gym will be the polling place for all on-campus students, including the townhouses,” said Katelyn Tzavellis, Student Leader of the Taskforce. “We try to get every student, regardless of their affiliation, to vote.”
The student taskforce is still actively encouraging students to vote.
“We got a lot on move-in day, approaching students to educate and inform them first of all that they can vote, and secondly why it is important that they vote,” said Tzavellis. “We had a huge event on September 16, National Constitution Day, where we set up tables in the Union. We make classroom visits to give short presentations on how students can register and why it is important that they vote. We email the presidents of student organizations and greek life asking if we can take 10 minutes of their time to maybe go to one of their meetings and register their members.”
The Taskforce works with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to ‘make young voices and votes a powerful force in democracy.’
“Very pleased to announce that Mary Rutigliano and I have been successful in our attempts to bring about the return of an on-campus polling place so that students may safely exercise their right to vote,” posted Matthew Cook, Geneseo Village Trustee and SUNY Geneseo student, to Facebook. “This is however only for on-campus students so those that have moved off-campus since last semester please remember to update your addresses! And anyone not registered to vote, the deadline is October 14th! Please do not hesitate to get in touch with either Mary or myself to get a form and make your voice heard!”
The Nov. 8 election includes races for President of the United States. Locally, it includes the Livingston County District Attorney’s race.