Last week, MOVE Trinity and the Trinity Progressives partnered to register voters on National Voter Registration Day. The registration efforts involved of a tabling event in Mabee and registration in classes on September 22.
Beth Legg, the co-president of the Trinity Progressives, explained the overall goal Â for registration during National Voter Registration Day.
â€œOur ultimate goal is to have 1,000 voters across San Antonio. But most of all to engage our campus in voting and make sure civic action is promoted,â€ Legg said.
MOVE Trinity and the Trinity Progressives registered voters in classes on September 22. Legg described the reaction of the professors to their registration efforts.
â€œAll the professors have been very eager. Theyâ€™re all happy to help and they know the importance of it. Weâ€™ve typically had 5-7 students registering per class,â€ Legg said.
The two groups registered students in a variety of courses not limited to political science classes, according to Legg.
â€œWeâ€™ve registered classes all across the board. I just registered a classical mythology class,â€ Legg said.
MOVE Trinity and the Trinity Progressives anticipated registering a high number of voters during the registration tabling in Mabee, according to Andrew Sander, the treasurer and secretary of MOVE Trinity.
â€œI think now that weâ€™re tabling at Mabee, weâ€™re going to see an increase in people registering,â€ Sander said. â€œIdeally we want to get as many voters we can. If we can get a couple hundred that would be great.â€
Last year, TurboVote, a service that allows people to register to vote online was used on National Voter Registration Day.
â€œThis year weâ€™re not using Turbo Vote because itâ€™s very expensive. Weâ€™re going to wait until next year to use it again for the main election,â€ Legg said.
TurboVote also provided students with an option for text or email reminders on election days.The reminder service went an extra step to help voters commit to vote.
â€œSo far weâ€™ve had a good response. Weâ€™ve been less intense this year because we havenâ€™t had TurboVote. Itâ€™s been a little harder to engage people because weâ€™re not necessarily saying â€˜commit to voteâ€™ instead of just â€˜register to vote.â€™ Thatâ€™s a new game in itself,â€ Legg said.
Nick Santulli, the debate coordinator for the Trinity Progressives, explained that the year before the main election is often considered an â€œoff-year,â€ which he disagrees with.
â€œI donâ€™t think of this as being an off-year because the primaries are happening. People have the opportunity to register early and vote in the presidential election,â€ Santulli said.
Santulli described the importance of registering to vote.
â€œItâ€™s important to exercise your civic duty. Voting really is the one say we get in our government. Itâ€™s the only universal way that everyone has a voice,â€ Santulli said.
Legg explained that one of the goals of registering Trinity students is to encourage the youth to participate in politics.
â€œOur age range is currently the lowest in voter registration so weâ€™re trying to change that and make sure young people become politically engaged,â€ Legg said.
Sander described the importance of college students voting during elections, noting the importance of youth activity in politics.
â€œWeâ€™re the youngest generation, weâ€™re the â€˜future leaders of the worldâ€™ as everyone likes to say, and we definitely have a say in what will happen,â€ Sander said. â€œAnd right now people arenâ€™t voicing it as much.â€