Oct 21, 2008

Students fulfill civic duties, prepare for the voting booths

by Natalie Lozano

Since mid-September, Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. has encouraged students to register in a voting drive that procured national attention and ultimately resulted in more than 4,000 new voters in Lynchburg.

As Nov. 4 approaches, students have opportunities to participate in the presidential election beyond their civic responsibility in the booth.

Students interested in supporting McCain can volunteer to call local residents from Towns Religion Hall 104.

So far, Liberty students have called several thousand Lynchburg residents with a phone survey, to determine what issues are important to the sixth district, according to Claire Ayendi, Chairman of the college republicans. The phone survey includes questions regarding the responder’s preference on the Presidential and Senatorial elections, whether or not they are registered and to remind them to vote.

“When McCain supporters get a phone call, it excites them,” Ayendi said. She added that when people get a personal phone call they feel like “they’re kind of part of the process.”

The campaigns of Sen. John McCain, U.S. Senate candidate Jim Gilmore and U.S. House of Representatives candidate Bob Goodlatte are sponsoring the phone survey. For more information, e-mail Claire Ayendi at ucayendi@liberty.edu.

Obama supporters can also volunteer by making phone calls and canvassing on foot, in a program called “Neighbor to Neighbor,” according to Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the democratic Presidential candidate.

The Lynchburg Democratic Headquarters is located downtown at 1125 Main St. and welcomes volunteers seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Nov. 3. For more information, call the headquarters at 434-845-3741.

On Election Day, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. with classes cancelled to allow ample time for voting. Classes that only meet on Tuesdays will still be held.

On-campus students can take the bus to Heritage High School while off-campus students should check their registration cards for specific voting locations.

All voters are required to present their voter registration card and a form of identification. While a student ID card is acceptable, a government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) is preferred.

A plethora of activities are available to students during the afternoon of Nov. 4 including open dorms, movies at the East Campus Clubhouse Theatre and the Tilley Center, tennis in the Schilling Center, and a pool party and bench press competition at the LaHaye Student Union.

Curfew is extended until 1 a.m. on the night of Nov. 4 because of the election results party in the Vines Center. To accommodate Tuesday’s schedule, hall meeting was moved to Nov. 3 at a to-be-determined time.


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