City | 5:30 pm | October 23, 2012 | By Diana Rosen

Students push for voter registration

Members of the Yale College Democrats help students register to vote in Connecticut on Old Campus.
Members of the Yale College Democrats help students register to vote in Connecticut on Old Campus. Photo by Lorenzo Ligato.

With an exciting weekend of Partisan Pong behind them, Yale’s campus politicos have started looking forward. Many politically active Yalies have pushed for last-minute voter registration efforts as the deadline to register to vote in Connecticut — Oct. 30 — approaches.

In conjunction with the Yale College Republicans, the Yale College Democrats has spearheaded several voter registration events in recent days, two of which were held in Sudler Hall and the Calhoun Buttery this week. They were designated “study breaks” and offered food to encourage students to attend.

Their efforts, in conjunction with those of activist group Students Unite Now, have encouraged several hundred students to vote this semester, according to group organizers.

Nailah Harper-Malveaux ’16, who has registered voters during canvasses sponsored by the Yale College Democrats, said she thinks it’s important for people to be active and involved in the political process.

Though the last day to register to vote by mail was today, students can still register in person at the New Haven Registrar of Voters, located at 200 Orange St., until Oct. 30. Students can also vote at the New Haven Public Library on Nov. 6.

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