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Priscilla Applebee
Staff Writer

The Office of Civic and Community Engagement celebrated National Voter’s Registration Day by registering students to vote.

The office was able register 24 students and 80 others took the pledge to vote.

ULV partnered with Mi Familia Vota to bring National Voter’s Registration Day to University of La Verne.

“It is important that we, our campus community, are civically engaged and civic minded individuals because it’s a part of our core values as University of La Verne students faculty and staff,” said Julissa Espinoza, director of civic and community engagement. “It’s important that we all exercise that civic duty and responsibility to vote when the elections come up.”

The booth also had “I pledge” cards and asked to choose top three issues from a list of 10 for those who are already registered to vote.

Mi Familia Vota, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization and one of the three chapters in California, also came to encourage the ULV community to register to vote.

“National Voter Registration Day is important to shine a light on not just registering to vote but to vote for someone who actually aligns who the community’s views,” said Janet Bernabe, Riverside Regional Coordinator of Mi Familia Vota. “I see every day as National Voter Registration Day, especially with the upcoming elections.”

Mi Familia Vota’s mission is to provide Latinos and new Americans with a voice in the democratic process. Providing individuals a mobile place to register to vote is just one of their services. 

 “We also help with immigration forms and legal counsel for free,” Shriani Patel, assistant regional coordinator of Mi Familia Vota. 

“We do promote civic engagement like citizen workshops and DACA renew workshops,” said Bernabe. “I see the struggles on those who can’t vote and they are upset because those that can vote, they are not taking that privilege using it.”

Students, who did register at the booth, knew this was a way for change in the upcoming 2020 election.

“Last election, I was able to vote but I just didn’t know who to choose,” said Nishena Rains, junior psychology major. “Now we need our generation to go out and vote if we want change.”

Students took a few minutes to register either electronically or written. The completed forms were checked to make sure all the boxes were filled out correctly and then the student was on their way.

This nationwide day, held on the fourth Tuesday of September, is to create awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach voters that may not register otherwise, according to their website.

The deadline to register or re-register to vote is at least 15 days prior to the election.

Visit sos.ca.gov/elections/voter-registration to register.

Priscilla Applebee can be reached at priscilla.applebee@laverne.edu.

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