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NYPIRG Student voter drive begins

By Sashana Campbell
On September 19, 2012


With the United States presidential elections just a month and a half away, the New York Public Interest
Research Group is actively focusing on getting students registered for this year's vote.
NYPIRG has partnered with a few other organizations on campus to assist in efforts to register 2,000
students before the Oct. 12 deadline. Currently they have registered approximately 650 students, and
in the coming weeks will try to register as many students as possible, said Patricia Ceravole, coordinator
for Buffalo State's NYPIRG chapter.
"It's not only important to register, but to also vote to allow college students to have a stronger voice in
the elections and in the community," she said.
Ceravole has been going into classrooms, giving presentations, talking to students and targeting high
traffic areas around campus like the E.H. Butler Library, Classroom Building and the Campbell Student
Union for encouraging students to register.
She also encourages students to change their address to their on-campus address since they spend eight
months out of the year in Buffalo.
"If students change their address, they will have a voice in the local community and the elected local
representatives will have to listen to the important issues that face college students today like tuition
affordability, federal funding and student loan debt," she said.
NYPIRG, a non-partisan group, will register any student regardless of party affiliation. The application
takes between two and five minutes to fill out. At the end of each day, the group takes the applications
down to the Board of Elections, which then processes it, and within a week you receive the voter
registration card in the mail.
Students for Education Reform, a newly formed group on campus advocating and spreading awareness
about K-12 education, is also helping to get students registered to vote.
"Having students registered to vote in the presidential election is a step closer for them to vote in local
or state elections," said Julius Martinez, president of Students for Education Reform. "College students
need to be voting on the state level to influence policies that will bring change for students in the K-12
education system."
NYPIRG has also partnered with United Students Government to educate students on the respective
candidates and the policies they represent.
"However the election goes, it will effect students," said Trivet Jarmond, assistant vice president for
government relations and campus affairs. "We can help to educate students on the candidates and that
may influence what they do."
Alex Bornemisza, environmental campaign leader for NYPIRG, believes voting is very important and all
students should register.
"If we are not voting, then we are not being heard by the politicians, so in return those politicians won't
represent us," he said. "If college students vote then politicians will start to listen to us and know that
they work for us."
Sashana Campbell can be reached by email at

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