By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer
Dignitaries from the state and the University of California on June 29 announced a partnership for increasing student participation in voting at UC campuses.
UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., Board of Regents Vice Chair Richard Leib, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber and UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May all attended a media event to celebrate the signing at UC Davis’ Shields Library.
“It’s really critical for us to do what we can to help our students exercise their franchise,” Drake said. “We want to do all that we can to raise the understanding of the options that people have to vote, the places that they can vote and the obligation that we have to participate in our democracy.”
Said May: “At UC Davis, we are committed to making voting easy and accessible for today’s students who represent the future.”
The partnership was created to enhance and build off of the university’s UC Votes initiative to encourage student-voter participation. UC Davis had a strong student voter turnout in 2020 that officials hope to duplicate at all 10 UC campuses this year.
UC Davis, seeking to build on its momentum from 2020, has installed a voters box for students and other members of the community to submit ballots.
“The voting box that was set up here at UC Davis is a bedrock of democracy on this campus,” Weber said. “If you give up your vote, you’re probably giving it to somebody you don’t like. Your one vote is power.”
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