Student voter registration push Jan. 22

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Student voter registration push Jan. 22

Voter registration for the Feb. 5 Presidential Primary Election in California ends Tuesday, Jan. 22, so California State University, Fresno’s Associated Students Inc. (ASI) will sign up voters at the Free Speech Area that day from 9 a.m. to

1 p.m.

ASI Director of Legislative Esmeralda Santos, the leader of the campus volunteer registration effort, sees the 2008 election decisions as historic. “From higher education funding, to the economy, to the war in Iraq and possibly war in Iran, we understand that this election matters and that our votes matter,” Santos said.

Free coffee and donuts will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. and pizza and drinks from noon to 1 p.m. to encourage registration.

Around campus, the volunteers have been talking in classrooms in an attempt to register at least 200 students before Tuesday’s deadline. Last year, 490 Fresno State students were registered by ASI. The effort is part of the California State Student Association’s statewide campaign for voter education, registration and mobilization of university students.

“During the 2004 election, young voter participation increased 11 percentage points,’ said ASI President Juan Pablo Moncayo. “In districts where students were targeted, participation increased again during the 2005, 2006 and 2007 elections. In 2008, we hope to show that the rise in young voter participation is not just a blip.

For more information, contact Santos at 559.-479.1003