Register to vote at Delgado

By Seth Mattei

With local elections approaching, a voter registration drive is taking place at Delgado every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. through the month of September. Students can register outside of the Fitness Center (located between Building 1 and the bookstore) as well as in the Student Life Center and the W.I.S.E. Women’s Center (Room 212 W1 in Building 1).

“Our goal is to get as many students registered as possible,” said James McDuffie, an instructor of reading and college and career success, as well as the head of the African American Male Initiative at Delgado. He continued, “Many students come to Delgado never having voted, and many are not registered.”

Mid-term elections take place throughout Louisiana on Tuesday, Nov. 4, with a possible runoff taking place on Saturday, Dec. 6. The most high-profile item on the ballot throughout the state (and the one most likely to cause a runoff) is undoubtedly the senate race, which pits Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu against Republican candidate Bill Cassidy. Also on the ballot in Orleans Parish is every significant judgeship (including Traffic Court, Criminal Court and Juvenile Court), the District Attorney’s seat and 14 constitutional amendments. Voters must be registered by October 1 to participate in this election.

On a flier advertising the drive and asking for help from volunteers is the statement, “Help us get students registered to vote. Your financial aid may depend on it.” McDuffie explained, “There are politicians who want to cut Pell grants and reduce financial aid. Are you voting for these folks, or not voting and allowing them to get in?”


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