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The NAACP has been active in the
drive by strategizing its plan of attack.
Members have concluded that, . it
would be in our best interest to position
ourselves in heavily-traveled areas on
campus, such as the lobbies of Morrison
and Hinton James because the majority
of the students who have not registered
to vote are freshmen and these are the
only three volunteers; they plan to
increase those numbers five fold this
Voter registration through the
Black Student Movement will continue
through October 11. The last day for
registration in the Pit is October 10
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a
dorm-to-dorm drive from 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. on South Campus as a last minute
effort to make sure that everyone is reg
Fortunately, the movement does
not stop here on campus. Alpha Phi
Alpha has decided to reach out to the
off-campus community by registering
voters in barbershops, beauty supplies
stores and libraries.
“We want to educate people about
voting and the importance of voting.
We want to educate people on the can
didates and platforms in general. This
has become an annual event for Alpha
Phi Alpha. We usually register around
500 voters,” says Smith.
Black Student Movement presi
dent Tyra Moore believes the voter reg
istration drive has a clear purpose.
“As black students we need to realize
that our voice can be heard. We need to
encourage other black students and
other minorities to come out and vote.
People talk about change, and in the
next breath they feel defeated and
claim they do not have the power to
affect change. It would be our fault if
our voices were not heard. This year we
are non-partisan. Voter education and
knowledge on the issues will be stressed
so voters can vote intelligently.”
Chris Owens may be reached at