Although today is the last day to register to vote in time for the United States Presidential Election, hundreds of students at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising aren’t concerned about the deadline after registering on campus during “Rock the Vote” events held throughout October.
The FIDM Student Veterans of America (SVA) group and FIDM Student Activities department hosted “Rock the Vote” on October 16 at FIDM San Francisco and on October 18 at FIDM Los Angeles and FIDM San Diego, while FIDM Orange County is hosting a Rock the Vote barbeque on voting day, November 6.
At the Los Angeles event, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder representative Elva Gomez expressed her excitement about gathering more than 100 voter registration cards during the first hour of the event.
“This has been a great event, we’ve had a great turnout,” says Gomez, who hosts public events as the Community & Voter Outreach Representative with the Los Angeles Department of the Registrar- Recorder.
“Your vote does make a difference, and this is such an important election,” she says. “If we get together, each vote helps to get your voice heard.”
FIDM SVA vice president Amber Rose Brown, a first-quarter Business Management Student and U.S. Navy Veteran was also on site gathering registration cards from students.
“Voting really drives the community, our economy, and the government,” she says. “It’s really important for people to vote because although you might feel as though you’re low on the totem pole, your word really does make a difference.”
“I used to be registered in Riverside so I have to update my information,” she says. “I’ve submitted registration paperwork three times already but I want to make sure it gets processed.”
FIDM Director of Student Activities Tanya Buzalsky helped organize the event with give-away items like cupcakes and stickers, and radio station 97.1 on campus during Rock the Vote at FIDM Los Angeles.
“We try to make it convenient for students to register, and fun too,” she says. “With so many students busy with work and school, and especially those coming from out of state who need to register again, events like these are important to support our student body.”
Don’t forget, today is the last day to register in time to vote in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election! Look up your local county registrar’s office for more information. If you are in Los Angeles visit www.lavote.net.
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